Rep. Petit and Democratic challenger Ireland compete for 22nd House District

Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:07


PLAINVILLE – Plainville’s candidates for the 22nd House District, incumbent Republican Bill Petit and democratic challenger Richard Ireland have laid out their platforms on a variety of issues.

The 22nd House District includes Plainville and New Britain. Petit was elected to represent the district in 2016.

Petit also founded the Petit Family Foundation and the “Haley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle” multiple sclerosis scholarship fund. He is a board member of the town’s Norton Trust, the Health Affair Board at Quinnipiac University, the Women in Science Committee at the CT Science Center and a Men Against Domestic Violence committee at Interval House in Hartford. He was a practicing endocrinologist from 1982 to 2007.

Ireland chairs Plainville’s recycling and solid waste commission and serves on the Linden Street School committee. He also served as a Justice of the Peace and Constable. He is a board member of the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition. He has worked many retail jobs.

Ireland is proud of his efforts to raising awareness about the importance of recycling.

“We also helped to institute a recycling ordinance for apartments in Plainville,” he added.

Petit pushed for including a bonding cap and spending cap in the proposed 2017 budget, which passed the house and senate but was vetoed by Governor Dannel Malloy. A compromise budget later passed which still had less municipal aid cuts than the governor’s original proposal.

Ireland said the state needs to focus on infrastructure. He supports creating a transportation lockbox.

Ireland said he wants to ban 3-D printed guns, and also forbid buying the parts for guns and assembling them without a permit. He would also push for schools to better combat bullying. He also encourages state departments to do a better job of promoting their online services to save money.

Petit asks employers to help him identify regulations that are interfering with their ability to run or expand their business.

Petit said the state needs to prioritize spending and distinguish between wants and needs. He supports school curriculum being aligned with the needs of employers in manufacturing and the trades.

Ireland opposes Petit’s decision not to support the bump stock ban or raising the legal age limit for electronic cigarettes.

Petit said that he didn’t vote for a state bump stock ban because President Trump had already called for a federal ban, which would supersede state regulations.

Petit said that cigarettes are legal for adults 18 or older to use and his constituents didn’t want the government interfering in their personal choices.

If elected, Ireland said he will represent Plainville the best he can.

“I am open to listening to their concerns,” he said. “I want to hold more meetings at the library and town hall.”

Petit asked people to re-elect him because he said he cares a lot about his local community.

“I look at the issues from a non-partisan point of view,” he added. “I will view each issue and make decisions based upon what will benefit the majority of citizens.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Candidates, General News, Plainville on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:07. Updated: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:09.