Searle Turton wins local race for UCP

The UCP claimed a majority government in Tuesday's election.

Spruce Grove-Stony Plain will have an MLA in the government's caucus.

With the election resulting in a United Conservative Party majority, Searle Turton becomes Spruce Grove-Stony Plain’s MLA-elect.

Speaking at his victory party in Stony Plain, Turton says it’s been great to get the backing of local voters. 

“It’s been absolutely humbling in terms of the support I’ve had in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. Since January 19th, we’ve visited about 15,000 [or] 16,000 homes and about 85% of the entire riding. The response at the doors has been incredible, and it’s obviously capped-off with a very successful evening here tonight,” he said.

He says the emotions of the night were a little overwhelming.

“It’s very surreal in a way. Running for municipal council, we kinda went through a similar process of waiting. It’s humbling to see my face up on the [television] screens and hear the supporters here cheering every time my name comes around,” he said.

He says that while the provincial campaign became nasty at times, the local race was much cleaner.

“I’m very thankful that in this riding, it was very positive between myself, Ivan Boles and Erin Babcock. I think it was a great race,” he said.

Turton has been serving his third term on Spruce Grove city council, and will be replaced through an upcoming municipal by-election.

In our neighbouring constituencies, Mark Smith took home 66% of the vote in Drayton Valley-Devon, after previously serving there as a Wildrose MLA.

 Shane Getson finished with 64% of the votes cast in Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland, defeating NDP incumbent Oneil Carlier.

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