A Wildrose Party candidate is the new MLA for the riding of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills.
Bruce Rowe said he was expecting Monday’s provincial election results in the riding to go as they did.
“It’s an incredible high,” said Rowe on Monday night from the Olds Golf Club. “The people around Olds wanted change and I was getting that feeling over the past 28 days from door knocking,” he said.
Rowe, a 69-year-old retired business owner and the former mayor of Beiseker, beat out Progressive Conservative Darcy Davis.
At 10:30 p.m., 70 of 78 polls showed Rowe had 8,570 votes over Davis at 5,487.
“I expected to do better but the people of Olds have spoken and I respect that,” said Davis from his campaign office in Olds. “On the larger scale, Alison (Redford) is a great premier and Albertans showed they wanted a government to continue to take them forward.”
Davis, an Acme farmer, said he believes his loss came from one too many contentious rural issues.
At press time, the polls also showed Liberal Garth Davis with 462 votes and New Democrat Kristie Krezanoski with 493 in the riding.
Rowe will be filling the MLA seat that has been vacant since Conservative Richard Marz resigned last month.
“I’m very pleased to be the new MLA,” said Rowe. “I will make sure to hold the provincial government responsible.”
Rowe also mentioned he would like to credit his “well performing team” that got him where he is now.
He said he plans to work to ensure Albertan landowners don’t have to worry about their property rights.