WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The race is finally over in the West Vancouver Sea to Sky region and the winner won by just a handful of votes.
The incumbent Liberal MLA Jordan Sturdy topped the Greens’ Jeremy Valeriote by 60 votes.
Valeriote looked to have secured the seat on election night, but the race switched hands when mail-in ballots were counted.
Because the margin of victory was so small, an automatic recount was held and completed Tuesday.
Sturdy was first elected to the riding in 2013 and briefly served as environment minister in 2017, when he was re-elected.
In a statement from the Green Party, Valeriote congratulated Sturdy.
“I am very grateful to all those who cast a ballot for me and supported my campaign, which experienced unprecedented momentum. I am very much looking forward to continuing to build the Green vote in this riding over the next four years,” he said.
In the statement, BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau added while she’s disappointed Valeriote won’t be joining her in the legislature, she is proud of his campaign.
“I am proud of his efforts to share our vision with his community and the work of all his campaign team,” she said.