Klein, PCs win Kirkfield Park byelection
Former Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood city councillor and current Progressive Conservative Kevin Klein has eked out a narrow victory in Kirkfield Park to become the area’s latest MLA.
“I’m excited to get going. I’m incredibly grateful for the support that we got not only from the campaign but from all the volunteers,” Klein said.
Former PC cabinet member Scott Fielding resigned from the position in June, triggering the byelection that took place on Dec. 13.
Klein put his name into the mix at the provincial level shortly after falling short in his mayoral bid in October, finishing third in voting behind Glen Murray and Scott Gillingham.
NDP candidate Logan Oxenham held a narrow lead most of election night, but Klein inched ahead by just 160 votes after the last of 48 polls reported.
“I am so proud to have been part of a campaign that was focused on the issue (sic) that matter to people…” Oxenham said in a written statement.
Klein received 2,356 votes and Oxenham received 2,196, while Liberal candidate Rhonda Nichols garnered 1,741 votes and the Green Party’s Dennis Bayomi mustered only 70.
That makes 6,372 votes cast in a district with 17,468 registered voters, amounting to a voter turnout of just 36.48 per cent. Nine ballots were rejected.
Klein said he has several goals to begin his time as an MLA.
“I really, really want to get right to work in the community and start talking to community leaders and talking to the various associations to make sure that they’ve had the opportunity to take advantage of grants that are available to them,” Klein said.
He said he’d also be looking for information on the $200 million in funding the province announced in November to attempt to add 2,000 health-care professionals into the public system.
He said that he intends to “be the voice of Kirkfield Park” in the Legislative Assembly and to prove to those who voted for him and those who didn’t that he was “the right choice.”
Klein said he hopes to have an official phone number and email up shortly, but in the meantime, constituents can contact him at email@example.com
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