Cochrane-Johnson defeats Dolynny in Range Lake
Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. Submitted photo
Daryl Dolynny is out as MLA for Range Lake after a lone term in office, narrowly defeated by challenger Caroline Cochrane-Johnson.
Cochrane-Johnson, formerly chief executive of the Centre for Northern Families, polled 335 votes to Dolynny’s 325.
“I am feeling ecstatic,” Cochrane-Johnson told Moose FM as her result was confirmed, adding Dolynny to a lengthy list of incumbents dispatched from their ridings.
“I’m here to listen to the people and what’s happening tonight is telling the politicians it’s time to listen to the people,” she added.
“The people of Range Lake can expect me to work very, very hard, to keep knocking on their door, and to keep asking them what they want from their MLA.”
Cochrane-Johnson and Julie Green will be the only female members in the next legislative assembly.
“I was hoping that there would be more females, but two is better than none,” said Cochrane-Johnson.
Regarding her priorities as an MLA, she said: “I’m hoping, because of my background, that I’ll bring the government to what a consensus model of government should be.
“I’m looking at representing the riding and the people of the North, but also getting the MLAs to work better together.”