Liberal candidate Crystal Meloche settles for third in Essex riding

 

Liberal candidate Crystal Meloche does an interview during the Liberals’ election night party at the Ciociaro Club last Thursday night. (Photo by James Cruickshank)

Liberal candidate Crystal Meloche does an interview during the Liberals’ election night party at the Ciociaro Club last Thursday night. (Photo by James Cruickshank)

By James Cruickshank

 

Crystal Meloche could not ride the Liberal tide to victory in the riding of Essex on Thursday night.

Meloche, the Liberal candidate, finished a distant third to the incumbent NDP MPP Taras Natyshak.

Even with the finish, Meloche said she was very proud of the campaign that she ran. Meloche, who is currently a LaSalle town councillor, said there is a big difference running for a political party.

“When you are going door-to-door you are doing it as a candidate for a party,” she said. “When you run for council you are running on what you will do.”

The response Meloche received at the doors was very positive. She said that the gas plant scandal really didn’t come up and she tried to focus on what she would do if elected for not only the riding of Essex but the entire Essex County.

She said that there was a common theme that she encountered at the door.

“People were concerned with jobs and the cost of hydro.”

Meloche noted that there is a real fear for people in this economy that they may lose their job.

One of the toughest things about running, according to Meloche was that she still had her council duties to attend to plus a full time job to take care of as a real estate agent. So sleep wasn’t something that Meloche was able to get much of during the five week campaign.

“It was really tough to juggle everything,” she said.

Meloche was happy with the results throughout the province which saw the Liberals under Premier Kathleen Wynne elected to a majority government.

“I think it is absolutely fantastic to have a Liberal government in Ontario,” she said.

One of the toughest parts of the evening for Meloche was the fact that no Liberal was elected in the region. She said it makes it a bigger challenge to get things done without having an Liberal MPP in the government.

“It is disappointing for Windsor-Essex not to have a Liberal person elected tonight,” stated Meloche.

Meloche will now look forward to a not as full schedule, but she did enjoy dipping her toe in provincial politics.

“I am definitely not ruling (running for office again) out,” she said.

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