Tom Shypitka (lecft), newly elected MLA for Kootenay East, and his mentor and campaign manager, retiring MLA Bill Bennett. Kootenay East is staying for the BC Liberals — as of press time the province was still up in the air.

Shypitka, Liberals celebrate Kootenay East election win

Tom Shypitka and the BC Liberals won the Kootenay East riding during Tuesday’s provincial election.

Shypitka won with just over 9,000 votes, which equals roughly 53 per cent of the eligible vote in the riding.