VIDEO: Lewis Upsets Ramsey to Win Essex
There's a new Member of Parliment in the riding of Essex.
Just over a year ago Conservative Chris Lewis took a run at a provincial seat with the PC's and walked away emptey handed.
Now he finally got a taste of victory after defeating incumbent New Democrat Tracy Ramsey with 41.4 per cent of the vote during Monday's federal election.
"I'm excited to get to Ottawa, get things set up and start getting to work, that's what I'm all about," Lewis says. "There are a lot of emotions flying around, but a very exciting time."
With Justin Trudeau's Liberals securing a minority government, Lewis says he'll work with anyone who is willing to make things happen for residents.
"Any party that is willing to make life more affordable for families, for small businesses, we're willing to go to the table with because that's really what we're all about," says Lewis.
Lewis tells AM800 News he's proud that candidates in Essex ran positive campaigns.
"I do want to thank Tracy Ramsey very much for her four years of dedication to our riding," says Lewis. "I'm very proud of the campaign that we've run and all the campaigns. There was very little mudslinging. Congratulations to each and every one of the candidates I know that it's no small feat to run for public office so I'm proud of everyone."
At the end of the day, Ramsey says the people have spoken.
"We really did everything we possibly could to fight and keep Essex. We knew four years ago when we took it from the Conservatives that there would always be a time when they would come back," says Ramsey, who garnered 34.6 per cent of the vote. "The people of Essex have decided and I respect that deeply."
She says the NDP will live to fight another day.
"Here we are and certainly not the results that we would have hoped for, but one thing I can tell you about the NDP in Essex is we're fighters and we don't give up. We certainly will be coming back to try again to represent the riding," says Ramsey.
Liberal Festeryga was a distant third with 19 per cent — the Green's Jennifer Alderson and Peoples Party candidate Bill Capes were non factors in the 2019 Federal Election.
(Photo courtesy of CTV News)
— with files from AM800's Patty Handysides.