Mable Elmore cruised to victory on election night for a new term as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of B.C.
Elmore, who holds the record of being the first politician of Filipino heritage to get elected as B.C. MLA, won her fourth term as representative of Vancouver-Kensington in the October 24 provincial election.
Based on a tally as of 1:58 a.m. on October 25, Elmore garnered a commanding 59.61 percent of the votes cast in the constituency.
“Thank you everyone for your support!” Elmore posted on social media.
“Thank you also to my opponents for putting their names forward and to Elections BC for making sure people could vote safely,” she continued.
“I am honoured to again serve as the MLA for Vancouver-Kensington and I am looking forward to continue working towards a better BC with you all!” Elmore stated.
Elmore was first elected MLA for Vancouver-Kensington in 2009. She was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
Before the dissolution of the provincial parliament, Elmore served as Parliamentary Secretary for Poverty Reduction.
Elmore belongs to the B.C. New Democratic Party, which is poised to form a majority government.
Pending a final count of mail-in ballots, the B.C. NDP is projected to take 55 out of the 87 seats in the legislative assembly.
New Democrats in B.C. held their last majority administration in 1996.
B.C. NDP leader John Horgan called a snap election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His gambit paid well.
Horgan’s government was a minority administration before the election.
The main opposition party, B.C. Liberals, had 41 seats at dissolution. The party is projected to hold on to only 29 seats.
B.C. Greens are expected to maintain their three seats.
Two other Canadian Filipinos lost their bids for seats in the legislative assembly.
They are Jaeden Dela Torre, who was the B.C. NDP candidate in Richmond North Centre, and Cyrus Sy, who ran with the Greens in New Westminster.