Chatham-Kent-Leamington remains Conservative.
While the riding remains blue, a different name will be representing the riding of Chatham-Kent-Leamington.
Trevor Jones, a former police officer and current municipal councillor in Leamington, enters his first term as a member of the governing party, with the PC Party winning a majority once again in Thursday’s provincial election. He beat incumbent Rick Nicholls, who ran for the Ontario Party, by roughly 12,000 votes. Nicholls was kicked out of the PC caucus for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Nicholls finished in third place in the voting, while NDP candidate Brock McGregor ended in second, just over 6,300 votes behind Jones. Meanwhile, Rhonda Jubenville of the New Blue Party wound up in fourth with just over 1,400 votes in total, and Jennifer Surerus of the Green Party came last with just over 1,200 ballots cast for her.
Jones said he promises to be a strong voice for the riding of Chatham-Kent Leamington.
“I’m accountable to our constituents, I’m accountable to the voters who sent me to Queen’s Park, and my voice for Chatham-Kent-Leamington will stay true. Obviously, we have to respect our team and respect our Captain and respect the greater good for the benefit of the entire province,” said Jones.
Former MPP Nicholls said he doesn’t have any regrets and is thankful for the time he had representing the riding. Nicholls served three consecutive terms as MPP for the riding after first being elected in 2011. In the last election in 2018, Nicholls won with a commanding 51.92 percent of the vote.
“I’m saddened that the people of Chatham-Kent-Leamington didn’t re-elect me for a fourth term, but I’m grateful they re-elected me for three terms. I think that’s the important thing, and that’s what I will focus on,” said Nicholls.
According to Elections Ontario, nearly 86,500 registered voters cast their ballots across the 92 polls in the riding, representing 42.23 percent voter turnout.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News