Many may not have seen it coming, but Fort McMurray residents seem generally optimistiv about Alison Redford's Progressive Conservative leadership victory.
After a second straight second place finish to Gary Mar, Redford received more support from Doug Horner's second choice voters, edging Mar 37,101 votes to 35,491.
"I think we'll be on the right path as long as she can come through with what she's hoping she'll be able to do. Alberta is a rich province and there isn't any reason why we can't," Fort McMurray's Sheree Pearson told Fort McMurray News Sunday.
Dennis Tobin hopes Redford will improve health care, "When you went to the hospital for any emergency of some sort you're sitting there from anywhere from four to six hours, there can be something done about that for sure.
Judy Oxford believes Redford has "strong views" and "strong leadership".
No date has been set for when Redford will be sworn in as Alberta's 14th premier.