Martin of the New Democratic Party was elected as the new MLA for Cape Breton Centre, defeating Liberal incumbent David Wilton during Tuesday’s provincial election.
The New Waterford native didn’t watch the results from her headquarters, but was following along at another location.
“I was pretty numb because we were optimistic throughout the campaign — we had a great campaign, we ran a good clean campaign and I had a lot of good conversations with the people on the doorsteps.”
Martin received 2,820 votes, followed by Wilton with 2,158 votes and Louie Piovesan of the Progressive Conservatives with 1,531 votes.
Martin ran for the NDP in the byelection in 2015 in Cape Breton Centre, losing to Wilton by just over 500 votes.
She said despite losing in the byelection, she knew she would run again.
“The day after we lost and I spoke to my team, that was the day I said we start planning for the next one,” said Martin with a smile on her face. “I was confident with the team I had then and with the team I have now, I knew we would be successful.”
Meanwhile, some ridings within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality didn’t change, including Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg and Northside-Westmount.
In Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, incumbent Alfie MacLeod of the Progressive Conservative Party held a large lead as of midnight with 5,240, followed by Liberal Katherine MacDonald with 1,888 votes with 44 of 46 polls reporting.
MacLeod served as an MLA from 1995 to 1998. He would later serve in the legislature in 2006 and 2009 in the riding known as Cape Breton West, later renamed Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg in 2012. He was re-elected in 2013 winning about 43.75 per cent of the vote.
In Northside-Westmout, Progressive Conservative incumbent Eddie Orrell was re-elected. At midnight with 44 of 45 polls reporting, Orrell had received 4,287 votes, followed by John Higgins of the Liberal Party with 1,413.
“My goals moving forward are to hold the government accountable and to make sure they stick to the promises that they made,” said Orrell in a phone interview. “I’m a big fan of the Northside General Hospital and rural hospitals staying open.”
Orrell was first elected during a byelection in 2011 in the riding known as Cape Breton North. In 2013, Orrell once again won the riding Northside-Westmount, which replaced Cape Breton North, winning 44 per cent of the vote.
In Glace Bay, Liberal incumbent Geoff MacLellan was leading as of midnight with 2,225 votes with 36 of 38 polls reporting, followed by John White of the Progressive Conservative Party with 2,074 votes.
In the Sydney-Whitney Pier riding, Liberal incumbent Derek Mombourquette was leading at midnight with 3,481 votes with 49 of 50 polls reporting, followed closely by Madonna Doucette of the New Democratic Party with 3,339 votes and Laurie MacIntosh of the Progressive Conservative with 2,173 votes.
All polls from the five ridings were not reported as of midnight.
Final Cape Breton vote results (unofficial):
Cape Breton-Richmond - 42 of 42 polls
Alana Paon, Progressive Conservative - 3,335
Michel Sampson, Liberal - 3,316
Larry Keating, NDP - 1,006
Sydney-Whitney Pier - 50 of 50 polls
Derek Mombourquette, Liberal - 3,481
Madonna Doucette, NDP - 3,339
Laurie MacIntosh, Progressive Conservative - 2,173
Cape Breton Centre - 39 of 39 polls
Tammy Martin, NDP - 2,820
David Wilton, Liberal - 2,158
Louie Pioveson, Progressive Conservative - 1,531
Glace Bay - 38 of 38 polls
Geoff MacLellan, Liberal - 3,316
John White, Progressive Conservative - 2,938
Lois MacDougall, NDP - 715
Steven James MacNeil, Atlantica - 137
Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg - 46 of 46 polls
Alfie MacLeod, Progressive Conservative - 6,317
Katherine MacDonald, Liberal - 2,218
Bill Matheson, NDP - 809
Inverness - 39 of 39 polls
Allan MacMaster, Progressive Conservative - 4,687
Bobby Morris, Liberal - 2,347
Michelle Smith, NDP - 538
Victoria-The Lakes - 40 of 40 polls
Keith Bain, Progressive Conservative - 4,373
Pam Eyking, Liberal - 1,966
Lisa Bond, NDP - 544
Adrianna MacKinnon, Green - 265
Stewart (Stemer) MacLeod, Independent - 193
Northside-Wesmount - 45 of 45 polls
Eddie Orrell, Progressive Conservative - 5941
John Higgins, Liberal - 1,984
Ronald Crowther, NDP - 1,437