Liberals: Terry Johnson
Progressive Conservatives: Rick Nicholls
NDP: Dan Gelinas
Green: Ken Bell
A largely rural riding in southwest Ontario, Chatham-Kent-Essex is bordered by Lake Erie to the south, the Thames River to the north (excluding the city of Chatham), the towns of Leamington and Tilbury to the west, and the Chatham-Kent border to the east.
With no incumbent running, Rich Nicholls took this riding for the PCs in 2011 by less than 3,500 votes. The riding was previously held by Liberal Pat Hoy, who was first elected in 1995 in the similar district of Essex-Kent. The other historic riding in the region, Chatham-Kent, was held by the PCs, NDP, and Liberal party at various times.
The riding has a strong German heritage, with 6.6 per cent of people listing it as their mother tongue in the last census.View link »
Chatham-Kent-Essex is a rural riding the Tories picked up last election, and will need to hold onto if they hope to take power.Poll-level results, 2011: Chatham-Kent-Essex »
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