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Janice Morley-Lecomte is looking forward to representing the provincial riding of Seine River.
The Progressive Conservative candidate and new MLA for the riding garnered 5,390 votes in the April 19 provincial election.
Morley-Lecomte received 3,005 votes more than second-placed Peter Chura (Lib) who had 2,385 votes. Third-placed Lise Pinkos (NDP) garnered 2,345 votes.
The riding had previously been held by longtime MLA Theresa Oswald, who did not seek re-election.
Morley-Lecomte, a domestic violence counsellor at a women’s shelter in Winnipeg, has been granted a leave of absence by her employer as she embarks on her political career at the Manitoba legislature.
Speaking to The Lance less than 48 hours after her election victory, the 49-year-old was still coming to terms with her win at the polls.
"I’m not sure if it has completely sunk in yet," she said.
Morley-Lecomte said that, during the election campaign, she thrived on meeting community members on their doorsteps and engaging with their comments and concerns.
"I loved campaigning. I loved meeting people and talking at the door. The experience was interesting and refreshing and I learned a lot," Morley-Lecomte said.
"Even though I have lived in the constituency for a long time, I learned about people’s concerns and issues I wasn’t necessarily familiar with. I have to thank the constituents for putting their trust in me and I will take their concerns forward."
Among the most common concerns in the community, Morley-Lecomte said, include issues surrounding health care and education. She also spoke to a number of condominium owners who expressed their concerns about being "charged high property taxes" in the riding.
And while it’s still early days in her new political adventure, meaning there are many details to learn, Morley-Lecomte said the fundamental focus of being a representative of the constituents of her riding is what will drive her forward.
"I’m hoping to represent the people the best I can and be voice for the people that need to be heard. I’m also looking forward to moving forward under the leadership of Brian Pallister," she said.
In total, Morley-Lecomte garnered 53.3 per cent of the vote in Seine River.
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Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7111