Irek Kusmierczyk wins historic Liberal seat in Windsor-Tecumseh –

Irek Kusmierczyk wins historic Liberal seat in Windsor-Tecumseh -
Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent election results 2019
Irek Kusmiercyzk, Windsor city councillor for Ward 7, took a tight race against NDP incumbent Cheryl Hardcastle. That party had held Windsor-Tecumseh since Joe Comartin won his first term in 2000.

"We did it … we did it!" cheered Kusmiercyzk after Hardcastle conceded the flip-flopping riding. "This is what it feels like when you win back the riding. Thank you."

Early projections suggested Windsor-Tecumseh would be a three-way battle, with the poll analysis website estimating 33.6 per cent support for Hardcastle, 30.5 per cent support for Kusmierczyk, and 29.5 per cent support for Demarce.

Although Liberal Windsor West candidate Sandra Pupatello didn't win her riding, she said she sees a "rejuvenated" Liberal Party.

"[Justin Trudeau] will know that Windsor West is coming alive again," said Pupatello. She finished 1,995 votes behind Brian Masse of the NDP, taking 36 per cent of the vote.

Kusmiercyzk previously ran for the federal seat of Windsor-Tecumseh in 2011, but finished third, with just 12 per cent of the vote. He said now Windsor-Tecumseh wants a seat at the table.

Windsor-Tecumseh incumbent, Cheryl Hardcastle, hugs a supporter after arriving at the Serbian Centre, after losing to Liberal Irek Kusmierczyk in the federal election, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Dax Melmer / Windsor Star

"This is something residents wanted," said Kusmierczyk. "This is what we heard tonight. They know [what] we need as a region. We need a seat at the table."

Meanwhile, Conservative candidate Demarce — a newcomer to federal politics — expressed satisfaction with his final figure, which was comparable to the Tory result in the riding in 2015.

Essex Liberal candidate Audrey Festeryga finished third in her riding, with 19 per cent support, but said ultimately, she's glad the Liberals will form government. 

The 41-year-old team member of WEtech Alliance had a whirlwind campaign that relied heavily on the good will he built from three successful municipal elections and six years on city council.

"It speaks loudly to the fact that our platform is a platform," sais Festeryga, taking issue with the last-minute release of the Conservative platform. 

Irek Kusmierczyk is the riding’s new member of parliament — taking the seat from New Democrat incumbent Cheryl Hardcastle in a tense, back-and-forth race on Monday night.

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There are some new faces in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent ridings after Canadas 43rd federal election.

Liberal Irek Kusmierczyk won in the Windsor-Tecumseh riding, according to unofficial results from Elections Canada. He upset NDP Cheryl Hardcastle. 

Despite a third-place defeat, Demarce said entering the contest was a “great experience,” and that he was blessed with a “real groundswell” of support.

Conservative Dave Epp has been elected in Chatham-Kent-Leamington, keeping the riding blue. Unofficial results show Liberal Katie Omstead was the runner up.

But in recent weeks, the predictions tilted towards Hardcastle, and’s projection on Monday morning was that the riding would be “likely NDP.”

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Kusmierczyk previously ran for the riding’s federal seat in 2011 — when he earned just 12.9 per cent of the vote compared to Joe Comartin’s 49.9 per cent.

CTV Windsor had reporters in the ridings of Windsor-Tecumseh, Essex, Chatham-Kent Leamington and Windsor-West.

BREAKING: Irek Kusmierczyk wins in Windsor-Tecumseh @AM800News @CTVWindsor #Election2019 #elxn43

Happening now.. @BrianMasseMP arrives to celebrate his 6th straight victory for @NDP @CTVWindsor

Leo Demarce, Conservative candidate for Windsor-Tecumseh, watches election results at his campaign party in Windsor on Oct. 21, 2019. Taylor Campbell / Windsor Star

Sandra Pupatello has arrived and is about to speak to supporters @AM800News @CTVWindsor #Election2019 #elxn43

It doesnt get much closer than this: Windsor-Tecumseh is going down to the wire between the Liberals and NDP @AM800News @CTVWindsor #Election2019 #elxn43

After 99 per cent of polls had reported, Kusmierczyk’s result was a 33.4 per cent majority (18,583 votes) of the riding’s total elector turnout.

The man of the night has arrived at Deer Run Golf Course in Chatham. @DaveEppCKL hoping to represent this riding as the next MP. @CTVWindsor @am800cklw #election2019 #elxn43

25/254 polls reporting in Essex and @ChrisLewisEssex still with 10% lead over @traceyram @CTVWindsor

Kusmierczyk, city councillor for Ward 7, made a return to federal politics as the Liberal Party’s hope to steal the riding this election.

Loving this.. #ElectionDay2019 #elxn2019 #oldschool Early results for @BrianMasseMP @CTVWindsor

Early results for Windsor-Essex ridings trickling in show Liberals in the lead in Windsor-Tecumseh and Conservatives ahead in Essex @AM800News @CTVWindsor #Election2019 #elxn43

Conservative candidate Leo Demarce was left in third place throughout the night, ending with 27.9 per cent (around 15,500 votes).

Still VERY early but Chris Lewis just jumped to lead in Essex with 5/254 polls reporting @CTVWindsor #elxn43

Windsor Tecumseh Conservative Candidate Leo Demarce is at Johnny Shotz watching the numbers come in and mingling with supporters. Riding hasnt been blue in 90 years. @CTVWindsor @AM800News #Election2019 #elxn43

[email protected] volunteers are setting up, for what they HOPE is a victory party @ Serbian Centre.. @CTVWindsor

A defiant Hardcastle said she isn’t done fighting for “a government that takes care of everyone.”

Windsor Tecumseh Conservative Candidate Leo Demarce is at Johnny Shotz watching the numbers come in and mingling with supporters. Riding hasnt been blue in 90 years. @CTVWindsor @AM800News #Election2019 #elxn43

Im at the election party for the Liberals in Windsor-Essex; setup has just begun. Stay tuned for my updates on @AM800News and our live broadcast with results at 11pm on @CTVWindsor #Election2019 #elxn43

(From left to right) Conservative Chris Lewis, NDP Brian Masse, Conservative Dave Epp and Liberal Irek Kusmierczyk. (CTV Windsor)

Irek Kusmierczyk thanks supporters in Windsor, Ont. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Ricardo Veneza / CTV Windsor)

Conservative Chris Lewis gives his victory speech in Essex, Ont., on Monday, Oct., 21, 2019. (Rich Garton / CTV Windsor)