May 27, 2014 8:23 pm
Updated: June 11, 2014 4:14 pm

Ontario election 2014: Chatham-Kent-Essex riding

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On June 12, voters head to the polls in the 2014 Ontario election. Learn more about the candidates and political history of the riding of Chatham-Kent-Essex.

Candidates

Liberals: Terry Johnson
Progressive Conservatives: Rick Nicholls
NDP: Dan Gelinas
Green:  Ken Bell

Geography

Screen shot 2014-05-09 at 4.18.16 AM 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.

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History

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.

By the numbers

The riding has a strong German heritage, with 6.6 per cent of people listing it as their mother tongue in the last census.

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Riding in a tweet

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 »

Poll-level results, 2011: Chatham-Kent-Essex

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