“I am very proud of our team,” said Sarnia-Lambton NDP candidate Dylan Stelpstra as he reflected on the campaign, “I was able to meet a lot of good people.” He and his NDP volunteers were able to knock on a lot of doors and they heard from a lot of people who are not happy with the direction the province and the government is going.
He said he would even have people say to him they didn’t plan to vote for him, but yet he would still have a 10 minute conversation with them. This gave him a chance to correct some misconceptions the person might have about the NDP platform and in some cases, sway their vote.
Stelpstra received 9,492 votes, capturing 23.6 percent of the vote and second place in the riding. This was surprising given what his team was hearing at the door, but the polling they were seeing put the result in better perspective. He has given a deep dive into the numbers yet, but said it is possible the low voter turnout could have had an impact on his numbers.
“People were getting to know me,” said Stelpstra, as this was the first time he had been a candidate. Now that he has a taste for it would he run again? Four years is a long time and he would have to talk to his wife, but at this point he is leaning towards doing it again, he said
“They need to continue to listen, especially to those who are left behind and forgotten,” said Stelpstra, as he gave advice to those who were elected. He suggested the five percent increase the Progressive Conservative promised for the disability support payments is far too low.
Blake Ellis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent