PC’s Randy Pettapiece wins in Perth-Wellington
Randy Pettapiece has held the riding of Perth-Wellington for the Progressive Conservatives.
He won with 39 per cent of the vote in early results. Liberal candidate Stewart Skinner won 33 per cent and NDP candidate Romayne Smith Fullerton won 18.9 per cent.
The riding has historically swung between the Liberals and PCs. Pettapiece won in 2011, defeating Liberal cabinet minister John Wilkinson.
In his term at Queen’s Park, Pettapiece has served as critic for rural affairs and critic for the horseracing industry. Before entering provincial politics he was city councillor for the Municipality of North Perth.
Skinner, according to his website, is a sixth-generation family farmer, delegate to Ontario Pork and chair of the communications committee for the Perth County Pork Producers Association.
Perth-Wellington is a predominantly rural riding, though it also includes the towns of St. Mary’s and Stratford, which is known for its annual Shakespeare Festival.