In his second federal election as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada, Dr. Ashish Sachan said he was proud of the work his team had done, undeterred by the Liberal Party landslide victory.
Sachan was polling in second place as of 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning with a reported 10,757 votes and 215 of 247 polls counted.
He said only time will tell if he will seek the local candidate nomination for the Conservative party in the next election.
“For the betterment of the city, and the betterment of this country, my fight will always continue,” said Sachan. “Let’s see. Only time will tell, and that’s all I can say at this time.”
Sachan said this campaign was a lot to digest, and he was proud of his campaign team for working around the clock during a short election cycle.
“Right now, I am immensely proud of my campaign, the way we ran it and the amazing team,” said Sachan. “What’s going through my mind right now is we need to continue to work for the betterment of the city, and we have to keep moving forward.
“The Conservative message is resonating in the city,” said Sachan.
In the 43rd general election, Sachan received a total of 14,568 (19.3 per cent) of the votes.
In 2019 the Guelph electoral district saw 76,020 ballots cast from the 107,425 eligible electors Elections Canada reported in the region.
Created in 1976, the Guelph electoral district swapped between the Conservative party and Liberal party representation, frequently aligning with the party elected federally.
“As I always say, I am a very proud Canadian, and it speaks volumes of a country that within becoming a citizen for just three years' I can run a federal election two times,” said Sachan. However, the Conservative party has not held the Guelph electoral district since 1993 when Liberal Party of Canada candidate Brenda Chamberlain was elected to office.
Sachan moved to Guelph in 2013 following his completion of a Ph.D. in toxicology from Iowa State University and is a veterinarian licensed in Toxicology by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.
He lives in Guelph with his wife and two children.