Lawyer Louis Sebert defeated 20-year veteran Michael Miltenberger in the NWT’s Thebacha riding on a night of electoral surprises.

Sebert, 65, has served for 14 years on Fort Smith’s town council. Miltenberger had 363 votes to Sebert’s 401, with third candidate Don Jaque polling 173 votes.

“The vote split not in our favour with low voter turn-out and here we are,” Miltenberger told the CBC.¬†“Don Jaque took a lot of the vote that would normally have gone to me, historically.”

Miltenberger, 64, now plans to relocate back to Fort Smith. Sebert said he had not yet considered whether he would bid for a place in the new NWT cabinet.

Miltenberger spent the past seven years as the territory’s finance minister.