Clark handily captures role as MLA for North Westside

Liberals receive 62 per cent of the vote in Westside-Kelowna byelection

Premier Christy Clark was elected MLA for Westside-Kelowna during a byelection Wednesday. The area includes North Westside Road.

Premier Christy Clark was elected MLA for Westside-Kelowna during a byelection Wednesday. The area includes North Westside Road.

Premier Christy Clark’s Okanagan victory is being welcomed by party faithful.

The Liberal leader trounced her competitors during Wednesday’s byelection in Westside-Kelowna, which includes the North Westside Road area.

“It was a very strong showing,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, who watched the results from Victoria.

“The people were obviously supportive of the party but especially of the premier.”

Clark receives 10,666 votes or 62.70 per cent while it was 5,045 votes or 29.66 per cent for the NDP’s Carole Gordon.

The other results were: Conservative Sean Upshaw at 989 votes, independent Dayleen Van Ryswyk at 129, independent John Marks at 71, B.C. Vision’s Jag Bhandari at 43, independent Silverado Socrates at 43 and independent Korry Zepik at 26 votes.

The byelection became necessary after Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart stepped aside to free up a seat for Clark, who led the Liberals to another term as government in May’s provincial election but lost her Vancouver constituency.

Final voting results will be confirmed by Elections B.C. July 17 and Clark will be sworn in as MLA after that.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.