UPDATE: Almost 1,800 votes cast for Conservative candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Conservatives in the federal Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound riding have selected their candidate for the fall election.

After almost 1,800 votes were counted Monday night, the winner of the Conservative nomination is retired colonel Alex Ruff from Tara.

He was congratulated by the current MP Larry Miller and the other four candidates who were in the running.

“I’m confident that we will have a good turn out and a good team and that we will be successful in October,” said Ruff. “It’s ultimately to get out there and talk to people and understand their concerns so you can develop policies for the issues going forward so we’re helping people out.”

Over 66 per cent of the eligible 2,600 Conservative members voted, which is the highest percentage of voter turnout of any riding so far in Ontario.

-With files from Kirk Scott