|Updated: Mar. 4, 2008 12:02 MST
||90 of 90 polls reporting
Current MLA: Carol Haley (PC)
Airdrie-Chestermere sits along Calgary's east edge, reaches south to the
Bow River, and stretches north to encompass the community of Airdrie.
Other communities here include Chestermere and Crossfield. This riding
consists of the eastern two-thirds of the pre-2004 redistribution riding
Manufacturing and retail provide the most jobs in Airdrie-Chestermere,
where the average household income is $78,096. The riding is tied for
having the second-fewest low-income residents in Alberta — 3.8 per cent.
Fewer than nine per cent of the residents are immigrants, while 57 per
cent were born in-province.
Voters here have been represented by the Conservatives for the past three
decades, except for the winter of 1992-93, when a byelection brought Liberal
Don MacDonald to office. Incumbent Conservative Carol Haley has held this seat since 1993, when she unseated MacDonald by 1,883 votes. Haley beat Liberal Jim Welsh
by more than 6,000 votes in 1997, and in 2001 she defeated Liberal Carol
L'Abbee by more than 11,000 votes. In 2004, Haley beat Liberal John Burke by 5,209 votes.
In the old Three-Hills riding, the
PC's Allan Warrack was MLA from 1971-79, holding several cabinet jobs.
Tory Connie Osterman also served in cabinet during her time as an MLA
In 2004, voter turnout was 39.5 per cent.
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