|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||75 of 75 polls reporting
Current MLA: Craig Cheffins (LIB)
This west-central Calgary riding, founded in 1971, is bordered on the
south by the Glenmore Reservoir, on the west by the city limits and Sarcee
Trail, on the north by Richmond Road, the Crowchild Trail, 34th Avenue and
the Elbow River and on the east mostly by Macleod Trail. The 2004 redistribution
expanded the riding to take in some areas formerly belonging to Calgary-Currie.
The average household income is $93,140 a year. Professional services
are the big employer, followed by retail and health and social services.
Fewer than nine per cent of residents are low income #8212; significantly
lower than the Alberta average. Average house values are as high as $271,000, the
second-highest in Alberta. More than 16 per cent of residents are immigrants,
while 48 per cent were born in the province.
This is former Premier Ralph Klein's home riding. The longtime MLA was first elected here
in 1989, when he edged past Liberal Gib Clark by 823 votes. Klein was
sworn in as premier in 1992 and since then his wins have become increasingly comfortable.
In 2001, he beat Liberal Harold Swanson by more than 5,000 votes. Tory
Dave Russell reigned in Calgary-Elbow from 1971-89, and he served as
deputy premier from 1986-89.
And in 2004, Klein garnered 6,958 votes to defeat Liberal Stephen Brown.
In March 2006, Klein announced he was retiring from politics and would be stepping down as premier. Ed Stelmach, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville, took Klein's place in the province's top spot.
On June 12, 2007, a by-election was held in Calgary-Elbow. Liberal Craig Cheffins won the seat, garnering 4,823 votes to Conservative Brian Heninger's 4,039 votes.
In 2007, voter turnout was 34.6 per cent.
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