Dave Van Kesteren

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Dave Van Kesteren
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Chatham-Kent—Leamington
Chatham-Kent—Essex (2006-2015)
Assumed office
January 23, 2006
Preceded by Jerry Pickard
Personal details
Born (1955-10-07) October 7, 1955 (age 61)
Chatham, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Faye Van Kesteren
Residence Chatham
Profession automobile dealer

David "Dave" E. Van Kesteren (born October 7, 1955 in Chatham, Ontario) is the Conservative Member of the Parliament of Canada in the riding of Chatham-Kent—Leamington.

A child of Dutch parents (his father was born in Noordwijk aan Zee, his mother in Schoonhoven), Van Kesteren was born two years after his parents emigrated to Canada. Van Kesteren, who is married and has eight children and twenty one grandchildren, owns a Hyundai car dealership, Van Kesteren Auto Sales, which he founded in 1987. He is a charter member of the Chatham Sunrise Rotary Club and past president of the Chatham Christian Business Association.

First elected in the 2006 federal election, Van Kesteren defeated Liberal candidate Jim Comiskey by 5,616 votes in the then riding of Chatham-Kent—Essex. Previously, Van Kesteren had narrowly lost the 2004 election to Liberal incumbent Jerry Pickard by only 407 votes.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Chatham-Kent—Leamington
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Dave Van Kesteren 21,677 41.7 -11.5
Liberal Katie Omstead 19,351 37.2 +20.91
New Democratic Tony Walsh 9,549 18.4 -8.76
Green Mark Vercouleren 1,394 2.7 -0.64
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,971 100.0     $213,552.14
Total rejected ballots 263
Turnout 52,234 65.98
Eligible voters 79,160
Conservative hold Swing -16.21
Source: Elections Canada[1][2]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Chatham-Kent—Essex
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Dave Van Kesteren 23,360 53.8 +5.9
New Democratic Ron Franko 11,449 26.3 +9.8
Liberal Matt Daudlin 7,172 16.5 -12.6
Green Rob Hodgson 1,470 3.4 +0.5
Total valid votes 43,451 100.0
Total rejected ballots 221 0.05
Turnout 43,672 59.43
Total eligible voters 73,484
Canadian federal election, 2008: Chatham-Kent—Essex
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Dave Van Kesteren 19,960 47.9 +5.1 $70,361
Liberal Matt Daudlin 12,127 29.1 -2.2 $46,213
New Democratic Ron Cadotte 6,850 16.5 -5.9 $6,134
Green Alina Abbott 2,712 6.5 +2.9 $1,214
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,649 100.0 $82,648
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Canadian federal election, 2006: Chatham-Kent—Essex
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Dave Van Kesteren 20,820 42.8 +5.1
Liberal Jim Comiskey 15,204 31.3 -8.3
New Democratic Kathleen Kevany 10,875 22.4 +5.3
Green Ken Bell 1,737 3.6 -0.6
Total valid votes 48,636 100.0
Canadian federal election, 2004: Chatham-Kent—Essex
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jerry Pickard 17,435 39.6 -10.1
Conservative Dave Van Kesteren 17,028 38.7 -3.7
New Democratic Kathleen Kevany 7,538 17.1 +11.6
Green Rod Hetherington 1,845 4.2 +2.4
Marxist–Leninist Margaret Mondaca 150 0.3
Total valid votes 43,996 100.0

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