Mike Ellis took the Calgary West riding in a byelection on Oct. 27 by only 315 votes, in what was a surprise to some.
Ellis, a political unknown, defeated former Calgary public school board chair Sheila Taylor in a race that was close from start to finish.
“I am a working man and I am very proud of that,” Ellis told his supporters after the results were in.
“I know that I will give you and I will give the legislature and I will give the people of Alberta and of Calgary 100-per-cent effort every day,” he promised.
Ellis was in high spirits as he made his way around the room to thank everyone there for their help and support.
“Feeling good, feeling great, I feel like I want to door knock to be honest because I did that for 28 straight days.” said Ellis.
The former Calgary police officer was in a tough battle, as schools in Calgary West are an important topic to many voters.
“I am a parent, in this riding, of three beautiful kids, two of whom go to Olympic Heights. I was actually one of the parents along with other wonderful parents in the community who fought for schools out here.
“I am proud to say we are getting four new schools out here… so that is going to massively assist the families out here,” said Ellis.
He believes that his many days of door knocking played an important role in his victory in Calgary West.
“This is about making the personal contact with the people at the doors and I am so proud of the experience.”
Ellis’ wife Hollie also was elated at the result.
“I’m feeling good, I am happy for him, It’s the outcome I was hoping for,” she said.