An NDP stronghold is no more, as Victoria Jurgens of the Sask. Party took over the Prince Albert Northcote riding with just under 190 votes over incumbent Darcy Furber, on Monday.
"I feel the people of Prince Albert Northcote are ready to move forward, ready to take to the lead, ready to take our rightful place in the new Saskatchewan," she said.
"It's another way of helping bring Prince Albert Northcote in the forefront. It has been an NDP stronghold for over 25 years. What the Saskatchewan Party Prince Albert Northcote (constituency) is, is a vibrant gathering ground rich with people, voices and ideas."
An ecstatic Jurgens said hard work was the foundation of her success.
"We set out a plan and we worked very hard. Two big things happened - I listened to the people and the people shared their hopes, their fears, their concerns and their dreams with me, and I spent 18 months knocking on every door, gathering that voice and gathering the team ... We had so much fun, so much energy and that spilled forward," she said.
As the new MLA for the constituency, Jurgens said she will take what she heard at the doorsteps to the provincial legislature to be dealt with.
"The people have said crime and safety was a big issue. I pushed hard for it. The Sask. Party came through with some funding for getting tougher on crime and also for our community mobilization project, so that we could fund a prevention approach - brand new, innovative. Another thing that's big and the Sask. Party has made great strides in is housing, and there is an eight-year plan out there, and I will be pushing that Prince Albert gets its share. One big thing that I won't let drop off the table is we need a second bridge as we continue to grow, and I will push hard," she said.