Grande Prairie MLA-elect Tracy Allard says she’s excited to get to work. With 51 of 87 polls reporting, the United Conservative Party candidate has unofficially been voted in with 4,901 votes.

She says it’s an honour to be the representative for Grande Prairie.

“We’re so proud to be from this city and I just can’t wait to get there and roll up our sleeves and get to work. I do think that our party has a plan to bring Alberta’s advantage back and I’m excited to see that get rolling out.”

Allard says she already knows what priority number one will be when she arrives in Edmonton to be sworn in.

“My number one project would be the hospital… I’ve already created a briefing paper for now-Premier-elect Kenney with respect to some of the challenges of contractors not being paid in our city and that’s just unacceptable… my first priority as the MLA is to see those people get paid.”

Allard holds a comfortable margin of victory over runner up Todd Russell of the NDP. Russell, who works full time in the Grande Prairie Fire Department, says he wishes he could have seen better results but was thankful for the community support.

“I wish I could have done a little bit better in some senses. Hindsights always 20/20 but like I said I couldn’t be happier or more humbled by the amount of support we had.”

Russell lost out the 2015 election in the Grande Prairie – Smoky riding to then Wildrose-candidate Todd Loewen by just 334 votes. Allard also beat out the Alberta Party’s Grant Berg, Freedom Conservative Party’s Bernard Hancock, Alberta Independence Party’s Ray Robertson, and Independent Rony Rajput.