Liberal Joe Peschisolido elected in Steveston-Richmond East
Joe Peschisolido has been elected in the riding of Steveston-Richmond East.
The former Richmond Centre MP garnered 45.1 per cent of the vote, beating out Conservative Kenny Chiu, who finished with 38.5 per cent.
The NDP’s Scott Stewart finished third with 12.1 per cent.
A riding that was formerly half of the Delta riding, Steveston-Richmond East now includes only the neighbourhood of Steveston, and all areas of Richmond east of No. 3 Road, No. 4 Road, or Highway 99, depending on the location.
In the last election Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay took Delta—Richmond East by 31 per cent over NDP candidate Nic Slater.
Had this riding existed in the last election, the Conservatives would have taken it by virtually the same amount.
Historically, the area has voted for right-wing candidates since the south and eastern portions of Richmond were given their own riding. Former provincial Conservative Party leader John Cummins held this seat from 1993 to 2011.
Conservative: Kenny Chiu, Richmond Board of Education trustee
NDP: Scott Stewart, retired police officer
Liberal: Joe Peschisolido, former MP for Richmond Centre from 2000 to 2004. He was elected as a Canadian Alliance MP, but crossed the floor to the Liberals halfway through his term
Green: Laura-Leah Shaw, realtor and animal rights advocate
Libertarian: Matt Swanston