Here’s who’s running in Sarnia-Lambton

An Elections Ontario sign marks a polling station. (File photo by Blackburn Media)

When Sarnia-Lambton residents cast their ballot on June 2, there will be seven candidates to choose from.

 

Bob Bailey (Photo via MPP website)

Bob Bailey (Photo via MPP website)

Bob Bailey of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario was first elected in 2007, and is seeking a fifth term as Member of Provincial Parliament.

Before being elected as MPP, Bailey served as a councillor for Enniskillen Township.

The 71-year old is currently serving as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

In 2018, the Petrolia native was declared the winner about 15 minutes after the polls closed by 7,800 more votes than his nearest rival NDP candidate Kathy Alexander.

 

 

Sarnia-Lambton candidate Dylan Stelpstra, photo courtesy of Ontario NDP.

Dylan Stelpstra is running for the New Democratic Party (NDP).

The 33-year-old was born and raised in Sarnia and is a community advocate and children services worker with the Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society.

Stelpstra is active in his union and has served as local vice president for nearly 10 years.

 

 

Mark Russell. Photo courtesy of the Sarnia-Lambton Provincial Liberal Association Facebook page.

Mark Russell is running for the Ontario Liberal Party.

The 41-year-old was born and raised in Sarnia and teaches computer programming and business classes at Lambton College.

Russell has also served as the Chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the President of the Sarnia Riding Club.

 

 

Green Party Candidate Mason Bourdeau. (Submitted photo)

Mason Bourdeau is running for the Green Party.

The 21-year-old, originally from Woodstock is studying to become a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) at Lambton College, and also serves as the student representative for the program.

The youngest of five is currently working as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) at a Sarnia nursing home.

 

 

New Blue Sarnia-Lambton candidate Keith Benn. (Submitted photo)

New Blue Sarnia-Lambton candidate Keith Benn. (Submitted photo)

Keith Benn is running for the New Blue Party of Ontario (NB).

Benn, originally from Wallaceburg, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western University and a Masters of Science from Laval University in Quebec.

He worked for 17 years first as an assistant then Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, and currently works internationally as an independent geological consultant.

 

 

Populist Party Candidate Carla Olson. (Submitted photo)

Carla Olson is running for the Populist Party Ontario (PPO).

Olson, originally from Wallaceburg, has been a small business owner, missionary and is currently working as a nurse.

The mother of three currently resides in Camlachie.

 

 

Ontario Party candidate Ian Orchard. (Submitted photo)

Ian Orchard is running for the Ontario Party, which was founded in 2018 and is led by Derek Sloan.

Orchard, a veteran police detective, is a father of three and husband of 32 years to a registered nurse.

During his career in law enforcement, Orchard was involved with several associations including the Ski Hill Blues, Cops Computers and Kids, and the Ontario Summer Student Policing Employment program. He also developed a language skills-based evaluation program, known as the Orchard-Fraser English Skills Test Battery, in partnership with an Ontario University.