Chatham-Kent-Leamington will remain Conservative. Voters there have elected Dave Epp to be their next federal representative.
Epp took over the Conservative ticket from departing incumbent David Van Kesteren. Kesteren, elected in 2015, chose not to seek re-election.
Chatham-Kent-Leamington was born out of the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution, which saw the merging of Chatham-Kent-Essex, Essex and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
Epp is a Leamington farmer who has worked with Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and serves as president for Lycoland Farms.
This election campaign also saw the return of Liberal candidate Katie Osmtead, NDP candidate Tony Walsh and Green Party candidate Mark Vercouteren. John Balagtas of the newly-formed People’s Party of Canada joined Epp as a rookie in the riding.
The riding is comprised of all of Leamington, the township of Pelee, Moravian Indian Reserve No. 47 and a portion of the town of Lakeshore that sits east of Rochester Townline Road. Lake Erie borders its southeastern end, with Chatham-Kent’s inclusion in the riding starting southeast of the Thames River.