NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Republican businessman Kerry Roberts has won a special election Tuesday night to become State Senator for District 18.
People from Robertson and Sumner counties cast their votes Tuesday until the polls closed at 7p.m.
Roberts, an accountant and the owner of a bike store, beat out Democrat Ken Wilbur with 8,827 votes.
Wilbur, who is the mayor of Portland, received 4,316 votes.
Roberts said in a statement released Tuesday night, “I am very appreciative to the voters of Robertson and Sumner counties for their expression of confidence in me… I must thank our volunteers and their tireless efforts in leading us to victory.”
He also said voters liked his ideas on job and economic growth, conservative values, and his positive campaigning.
After the victory, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said in a statement, “I'm very proud of Kerry Roberts tonight. 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.”
The Senate seat was vacated by Diane Black when she was elected to congress last November.