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 DISTRICT: Chatham-Kent-Essex
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Jerry Pickard LIB 17435 39.63% X
Dave Van Kesteren CON 17028 38.7%
Kathleen Kevany NDP 7538 17.13%
Rod Hetherington GRN 1845 4.19%
Margaret Mondaca ML 150 0.34%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 229 of 229 polls reporting


120 Chatham-Kent-Essex

2004 Candidates

GRN: Rod Hetherington
NDP: Kathleen Kevany
ML: Margaret Mondaca
LIB: Jerry Pickard (Incumbent)
CON: David Van Kesteren

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This riding in southwestern Ontario is bordered by Lake Erie to the south and the Thames River to the north.

The major urban centres are the cities of Chatham, Leamington and Blenheim. Point Pelee National Park, Rondeau Provincial Park and the Moravian Indian Reserve are all included in riding.

The economy is sustained mainly through manufacturing, predominantly in the auto industry, and agriculture, which provides seven per cent of jobs. There are small francophone and Italian populations, as well as long-established German and Dutch communities.

The average household income is $65,288 and the unemployment rate is 7.1 per cent.

This riding was not changed in the 2004 redistribution. The riding of Kent-Essex existed from 1966 to 1976 when it was divided into Essex-Kent and Kent. In 1996, 63 per cent of Essex-Kent and 62 per cent of Kent were combined to recreate Kent-Essex. The name was changed to Chatham-Kent Essex in 1998.

Population: 106,144

Political History

1979: PC
1980: LIB
1984: PC
1988, 1993, 1997: LIB
1979, 1980: LIB
1984: PC
1988, 1993: LIB
2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Jerry Pickard defeated Alliance candidate Sean Smart, winning his fourth term.
The ridings of Essex-Kent and Kent traditionally swung between the Liberals and the Tories in the period up to 1988. In 1988, Pickard defeated PC incumbent Jim Caldwell.


Candidate Profiles

Jerry Pickard

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Nov. 14, 1940
Age: 63
Birthplace: Chatham, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: London Teachers College, 1962. BA in education from University of Windsor in 1969. M.Ed. from University of Windsor in 1971.
Profession: Teacher
Career Background: Teacher with Kent County and Essex County Boards of Education (1962-1988).
Active in the Kent Cancer Society and the Chatham Jaycees. Honoured with induction as Jaycee senator (1963-1969). Was both a coach and executive member of the Kent Minor Baseball Association and coached minor league baseball and soccer in Kingsville. Involved with the Kinsmen Club, the Lions Club, the Masons.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Caroline
Children: Scott, Steven and Keith

Political History
Municipal: Councillor for the Town of Kingsville (1974-1976 and 1981-1985).
Deputy reeve (1976-1978).
Mayor of Kingsville (1985-1988).
Member of police commission, public utilities commission and recreation board.
Federal: Elected in Essex-Kent (1988 and 1993). Elected in Kent-Essex (1997). Elected in Chatham-Kent-Essex (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary:
To minister of agriculture and agri-food (1996-97). To minister of public works and government services (1997-98). To the deputy prime minister and minister of public safety and emergency preparedness with special emphasis on border transit (December 2003 to present).
Former chair of Agriculture and Agri-food. Former vice-chair of Citizenship and Immigration. Former member of Finance; Public Works and Government Services; Industry; Foreign Affairs; Procedure and House Affairs; Library of Parliament; Natural Resources and Government Operations; and Public Accounts. Member of Justice; Human Rights; and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Former critic for Canada Post; Financial Institutions; and Industry. Was chair of Southwestern Ontario Liberal caucus for seven years.
Office Address: 336 King St. West, Chatham, Ont., (519)380-6715.
Capital Address: Room 574, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., (613)992-2612.

David Van Kesteren

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Oct. 7, 1955
Age: 48
Birthplace: Chatham, Ont.

Career Background: Owner of Van Kesteren Auto Sales, a family business that includes four of his children and has expanded to include a new car franchise. For the past six years, his dealership has earned a position in the top five for customer satisfaction among Hyundai dealers across Canada.
Community: Member of the Rotary Sunrise Club. President of the Chatham Christian Business Association.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Faye Dekens
Children: Eight

Office Address:
Chatham Office — 423 Richmond St.,
(519) 354-5252

Kathleen Kevany

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: Doctorate in responsible citizenship, Ursulin College.
Profession: Assistant professor in political science and the director of the Centre for New and International Exchange Students at the University of Western Ontario.
Career Background: Managed own counselling and consulting company. Former provincial co-ordinator for a deputy minister. Project supervisor for community and social services. Presented work on globalization in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
Community: Sunrise Rotary International; Big Brothers; Community Action Regarding Environment (CARE); International Women's Day; Pay it Forward; Lambton-Kent-Essex District Health Council; the YMCA; and OPSEU.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Bill Dodman

Rod Hetherington

Party: Green Party of Canada
Age: 37

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of Commerce in hotel administration, University of Guelph.
Profession: Erieau firefighter and water conservationist.
Career Background: Manager of Westmont Corporation (1991-2003).
Children: Two

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: (519) 676-1555

# #
 Overall Election Results (2004)
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
LIB 135 0 135 36.71%
CON 99 0 99 29.61%
BQ 54 0 54 12.40%
NDP 19 0 19 15.69%
NA 1 0 1 .13%
OTH 0 0 0 5.47%
 Last Update June 29, 5:39:26 AM EDT


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