Republican Kerry Roberts carried both Sumner and Robertson counties by a landslide to defeat Democrat Ken Wilber in Tuesday’s special state Senate election to fill the 18th District seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Diane Black.
From The Tennessean:
“This election was decided on three major points,” Roberts said in a written statement. “First, voters agree that job growth and economic development come through lower taxes, less government regulation and better education.
“Second, voters want a senator who will consistently stand up for the conservative values of protecting the right to life, the right to keep and bear arms, and who believes in and supports the Constitution.
“And third, voters resoundingly rejected negative campaign advertising and personal attacks. We remained positive and the voters overwhelmingly responded.”
The final, unofficial tally: Roberts 8,827; Wilber 4,316.
The results assure Republicans retain their current 20-13 partisan advantage in the state Senate.
Some press releases on the results are available below.
From the Tennessee Republican Party:NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement on the election of Republican Kerry Roberts as State Senator for District 18.
“Voters in Sumner and Robertson counties reiterated their desire for conservative leadership, and they found that leadership in Kerry Roberts due to his small business background and desire to apply those principles to state government. I congratulate Kerry on this convincing victory,” said Devaney.
“I also want to thank Rep. Diane Black for her years of representation in this seat and interim State Senator Ferrell Haile for his willingness to serve the voters of District 18 during this transition period,” continued Devaney.
With all precincts reporting, Roberts received 67% of the vote, compared to 33% for Democrat Ken Wilber. District 18 includes Robertson County and part of Sumner County.
From the Senate Democratic Caucus:
“Mayor Ken Wilber is a dedicated public servant and ran an honorable race,” said Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney (D-Jackson). “Democrats across Tennessee can be proud of his commitment to the people of Portland and his willingness to serve the 18th State Senate District. We look forward to working with our new colleague, Senator Roberts, in our efforts to improve the lives of Tennesseans.”
From Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s office:
(Nashville) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) congratulated Kerry Roberts on a great victory in tonight’s special election for the Senate District 18 seat formerly held by Congressman Diane Black. According to unofficial results, Roberts captured a strong majority in the district which includes Robertson County and most of Sumner County.
“I’m very proud of Kerry Roberts tonight,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “Despite strong opposition by government employee unions, Kerry was able to come away with a decisive victory.”
“Kerry is a strong conservative who focused his campaign on job creation and low taxes in Robertson and Sumner counties. He will be a strong asset in the state Senate.”
Senator Roberts will serve on the Senate General Welfare, Health & Human Resources Committee; the Senate Environment, Conservation, and Tourism Committee; and the Senate Government Operations Committee.