At a glance
The BC NDP's Maurine Karagianis first took the district of Esquimalt-Metchosin in 2005, and was re-elected in 2009 to the new riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads with 52 per cent of the vote.
Current BC Green Party leader Jane Sterk ran in this riding in 2009. She came last of three candidates but garnered over 3,000 votes, or about 17 per cent.
This May's candidates include BC Liberal Chris Ricketts, who owns a construction company and builds homes on southern Vancouver Island; and BC Green Susan Low, a small business consultant and the first candidate to be added to the party's 2013 slate.
Also running is an independent, Josh Steffler, who previously ran for Esquimalt city council and who's rallied against the harmonized sales tax (HST).
The district, which contains a small portion of Victoria, was created in 2008 and first contested in 2009 as part of a provincial boundary redistribution. It includes parts of Esquimalt-Metchosin and Victoria-Beacon Hill.
Did you know?
Singles paradise? In 2006, Esquimalt-Royal Roads had the second highest divorce and separation rates in the province -- like Comox Valley and other island districts.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Maurine Karagianis BC NDP||11514||52.9%||Carl Ratsoy BC Liberal||6579||30.2%||Jane Sterk BC Green||3664||16.8%|
Telling Stats about Esquimalt-Royal Roads
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||15%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||46%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||12%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Chinese (all): 0.9%, French: 0.7%, Punjabi: 0.4%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$65,100||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||62/38||70/30|