As she takes the helm of the B.C. Liberal Party, Christy Clark says she will seek a legislature seat through a by-election as soon as she can.
Clark vowed change in a speech to a crowded room at the Vancouver Convention Centre today (February 26) following the announcement of the vote results.
"Change begins tonight, and with that change comes a commitment to listen, and a determination to do better by B.C. families," Clark said. "We are going to forge a bigger, better, stronger coalition together."
Clark said that change does not include an immediate election.
"There's months and months and months to go before we even start thinking about an election," she told reporters.
Clark said she would consider outgoing premier Gordon Campbell's riding for a Legislature seat.
Clark thanked Campbell, as well as the other leadership candidates, in her speech. Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong joined fellow Liberal caucus members on stage towards the end of her speech and led the crowd in a "Christy" chant.
Clark won the leadership with 4,420 points after the third ballot.
Former health minister Kevin Falcon received 4,080 votes.
B.C. Liberal members cast their vote online or by phone today using a preferential ballot and a weighted voting system, which designated 100 points to each of the province's 85 ridings.
Six candidates—George Abbott, Clark, Mike de Jong, Falcon, Ed Mayne, and Moira Stilwell—initially entered the race to succeed outgoing premier Gordon Campbell.
Mayne and Stilwell dropped out of the contest earlier this month.
De Jong was eliminated after the first ballot, and Abbott came off after the second round.
Clark will be B.C.'s 35th premier and the second woman to hold the position.