BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vicki Huntington, Independent Candidate, Wins Back Delta South Riding

05/15/2013 05:07 EDT | Updated 07/14/2013 05:12 EDT
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VANCOUVER - Vicki Huntington made elections history Tuesday when she edged out high-profile Liberal candidate Bruce McDonald to become the first Independent candidate to win re-election.

Huntington won 48 per cent of the votes in the Delta South riding where McDonald — who garnered 37 per cent of votes — has served seven terms as a councillor.

When Huntington narrowly defeated Liberal Wally Oppal in Delta South in 2009 she became the first Independent to win a seat in the B.C. legislature in 60 years. In a recount, Huntington edged out Oppal, a high-profile former cabinet minister, by just 32 votes.

Other than Huntington, three out of 35 independent candidates were thought to have a chance at a seat in the legislature, but Liberal candidates won all three of those ridings.

Former NDP incumbent-turned Independent Bob Simpson lost to Liberal Coralee Oaks by just 526 votes in Cariboo North. Simpson had been ejected from the NDP caucus in 2010 for comments he made about then-leader Carole James.

In the Abbotsford South riding, John van Dongen — who quit the Liberal party last year to join the Conservatives only to quit that party also — lost to Liberal Darryl Plecas. While Plecas garnered 48 per cent of votes, van Dongen received 28 per cent.

And in Peace River North, Liberal Pat Pimm easily defeated Independent candidate Arthur Hadland, winning 58 per cent of the votes.

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