Colchester North candidates, from left, PC Rebecca Taylor, Liberal Karen Casey (incumbent), and NDP James Finnie participated in a recent forum hosted by the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce. Submitted photo

Liberal Karen Casey is set to represent Colchester North for another four years.

It was a very close race in Colchester North, however Liberal Karen Casey has retained her seat with 46.55 per cent (3,654) of the votes. Rebecca Taylor with the PCs gave Casey a run for it, however, following close on her heels at 3,215 votes, while NDP James Finnie collected 980. Voter turnout was 54.75 per cent.

On the Cumberland North end of the North Shore, it was Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin collecting 51.71 per cent (3,639) of the votes over incumbent Liberal Terry Farrell, with 2,713. NDP Earl Dow picked up 496 votes, with Independent Richard Plett coming in at 106, and Bill Archer of the Atlantica Party at 84. Voter turnout was 54.1 per cent.

In Pictou West, which includes those in River John and surrounding areas, it was a strong victory for incumbent PC Karla MacFarlane at 62.44 per cent, or 4,333 votes. Her closest competitor was NDP Shawn McNamara at 1,302 votes, followed by Liberal Ben MacLean at 1,143, and Green Party Cecile Vigneault picking up 161 votes. Voter turnout was 62.89 per cent.