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Boukus concedes in 22nd District race to Petit

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State Rep. Betty Boukus concedes to Dr. William Petit in 22nd District (WFSB) State Rep. Betty Boukus concedes to Dr. William Petit in 22nd District (WFSB)
PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

The race in District 22 was another high-profile race that many had their eyes on.

Democratic State Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus conceded to Republican newcomer Dr. William Petit on Tuesday night  

"A lot of people told me they voted party line for federal election, but considered the people for local elections," Petit said. 

Boukus, of Plainville, had held her position for more than two decades and has gotten to know voters very well.

She was seen greeting many voters by name on Monday.

“When I do see them, it pops in, what their name is, how their children are doing and who got married last. To me, I find it important,” Boukus said.

Her challenger was political novice Petit. He is already a household name, as he is the survivor of a tragic home invasion that left his wife and two young daughters dead.

After the home invasion, Petit started a foundation to help those affected by chronic illnesses and efforts to protect and help families affected by violence.

For his campaign, he chose to run on budget matters.

"I think a lot of people felt that after many years of control in one party that it was time to change our fiscal course," Petit said.

Boukus, who held the seat since 1994, touts her accomplishments on the local level, pointing to getting funding for the new senior center, parks, and a clean water bill. She said bond reform brings a special sense of pride.

“Through my leadership, I'll take credit for it, and the support of the Republicans as well as Democrats, we cut $1 billion off the rolls,” Boukus said.

While both candidates restrained from attack advertisements, Petit was targeted by a digital ad, paid for by Labor United Connecticut, a political action committee, roping him in with Donald Trump.

“I feel they're quite malicious and attacks my character and reputation and have absolutely no truth,” Petit said.

Boukus immediately condemned it.

“I have known the Petit family forever, it's a clean race. I run for the position. I don't run against anyone,” Boukus said.

On Tuesday night, Boukus said she's already planning to come back, but in the meantime she said she will explore other opportunities.

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