By Craig Campbell, News Staff
Three years ago the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale had the second highest voter turnout in the entire province.
More than 56 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot and ended up sending incumbent Liberal Ted McMeekin back to Queen’s Park in 2011 over Progressive Conservative challenger Donna Skelly.
Both candidates are back this year in a showdown for the local seat that could result in an even higher voter turnout as a better prepared Skelly tries to challenge McMeekin on a number of local issues, including school closures and education, the Flambrough Downs horse-racing track and slot machines and support for the developmentally disabled.
Only the riding of Huron-Bruce saw a higher voter turnout in the last election, with 59 per cent of eligible voters actually voting – the highest turnout in the province.
Locally, ADFW voters far surpassed other Hamilton ridings in getting out to vote in 2011. Only 50.4 per cent of eligible Hamilton Mountain voters cast a ballot, 46 per cent in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek and 42 per cent in Hamilton Centre.
In that election, McMeekin topped Skelly by 4,516 votes, receiving 43.7 per cent of the vote, compared to the PC candidate’s 34.5 per cent of the vote.