Liberal Bob Chiarelli holds seat in Ottawa West-Nepean
In a repeat of the 2011 election, Liberal Bob Chiarelli defeated his Progressive Conservative challenger Randall Denley to hang on to his seat in Ottawa West-Nepean.
It was a tight race in this riding between the Liberal, PC and NDP candidates, all of whom are prominent local figures.
Chiarelli, Energy Minister when the writ dropped, won 45.9 per cent of the vote in early results. Denley won 31.2 per cent. The NDP’s Alex Cullen won 15.6 per cent of the vote as of 10:26 PM election night.
All three men are well-known in Ottawa. Chiarelli is a former mayor; Alex Cullen is a former MPP and city councillor who served on council with Chiarelli while the latter was mayor and Randall Denley is a former Ottawa Citizen columnist who spent decades covering municipal and provincial issues – including his two rival candidates.
Denley ran against Chiarelli in 2011 but was defeated.
Chiarelli was first elected to provincial office in 1987, where he held the Ottawa West riding until his resignation in 1997. After a by-election, he was replaced by – wait for it – Alex Cullen.
Chiarelli began his current Queen’s Park career after a 2010 byelection when Jim Watson resigned from provincial politics to successfully run for mayor of Ottawa. The riding has been Liberal since 2003.