Residents of the federal Macleod riding have a new Member of Parliament.
Conservative John Barlow earned close to 69 per cent of the vote Monday to win the by-election called to replace Ted Menzies, who resigned after 10 years in office.
Barlow was challenged by Liberal Dustin Fuller, New Democrat Aileen Burke, David Reimer of the Christian Heritage Party and Larry Ashmore of the Green Party.
Unofficial results show Barlow got 12,394 votes, followed by Fuller with 3,062, Ashmore with 1,042, Burke with 766 and Reimer with 763.
The by-election attracted 19.59 per cent — or 18,027 of 92,007 — registered voters.
A long-time resident of the Macleod riding, Barlow was editor and associate publisher of the Okotoks Western Wheel when he decided to seek the Conservative nomination earlier this year. Barlow beat Melissa Mathieson, Phil Rowland and Scott Wagner in the nomination race.
Barlow ran for the Progressive Conservatives in the provincial election, losing the race in the Highwood riding to Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Barlow studied political science at the University of Regina and journalism at SAIT Polytechnic.
Barlow worked for three years at the High River Times before moving to the Okotoks Western Wheel, where he spent 17 years and was associate publisher and editor. He was senior editor in southern Alberta for Great West Newspapers and on the journalism advisory boards of SAIT and Mount Royal.
Barlow served as vice-president of the Okotoks Rotary Pub Club and Friends of the Junior A Okotoks Oilers hockey club, and chairman of the Foothills Highland Games and High Country Sports Facility Fund-raising Society. Barlow was also communications director for the Firefit Games, and a member of the Okotoks Library Board.