Gladu wins second term in convincing fashion

Marilyn Gladu reacts after being elected to a second term as Sarnia-Lambton MP Oct. 21, 2019 (BlackburnNews.com photo by Rae-Lynn Burgess)

Marilyn Gladu will serve a second term as Sarnia-Lambton’s member of parliament.

The professional engineer and consultant elected in 2015 following the retirement of Pat Davidson, took the lead early in the federal election Monday night and never looked back.

The Conservative incumbent was declared re-elected at 10:39 p.m.

With 235 of 238 polls reporting, Gladu had 28,340 votes to New Democrat Adam Kilner’s 12,372, and Liberal Carmen Lemieux’s 11,824. Peter Smith of the Green Party had 2,440 votes, Brian Everaert of the People’s Party 1,567 and the Christian Heritage Party’s Thomas Laird with 541.

NDP candidate Adam Kilner congratulates MP-elect Marilyn Gladu Oct. 21, 2019 (BlackburnNews.com photo by Rae-Lynn Burgess)

NDP candidate Adam Kilner congratulates MP-elect Marilyn Gladu Oct. 21, 2019 (BlackburnNews.com photo by Rae-Lynn Burgess)

Gladu spoke to cheering supporters at the Sarnia Legion.

“This is a reaffirmation of the mandate to stand up for the issues that Sarnia-Lambton is experiencing with a strong voice in Ottawa,” said Gladu. “I look forward to going back. In the last four years we created jobs, we got a plan for our seniors, we did so many good things together but we have more to do. Housing is an issue in Sarnia, the addiction crisis and the recovery beds we need, our healthcare system and the environment. So there’s lots of work to do, and I’m happy to be the member, going back to Ottawa to stand up for Sarnia-Lambton,” Gladu said to cheers from the crowd.

Neighbouring Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Ridng also stayed within the Tory fold. Lianne Rood also won with nearly 50 per cent of the vote.