was the Democratic
candidate in the 2011 special election
for District 18 of the Tennessee State Senate
. The special election took place on March 8, 2011. Wilber ran to fill the vacancy created when Diane Black
(R) was elected to U.S. Congress on November 2, 2010. He lost to Kerry Roberts
A Portland, Tennessee native, Wilber was elected to the City Council in 1987 where he served for eight years. During his tenure on the council, he earned his Associate of Science degree from Volunteer State Community College. He went on to work for the Wastewater Department and served as Public Works Director from 1996-2003. After being elected mayor, he represented Portland as District 5 Director for the Tennessee Municipal League. He is currently the Second Vice-President of the Tennessee Municipal League, President of the Greater Nashville Regional Council, and is an appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. He is married to his wife Jackie. They have three children.
Wilber's 2011 special election campaign site emphasized his reasons for running:
- "Ken considers serving as the Mayor of Portland a tremendous privilege, great honor, and a fabulous opportunity to expand the horizons and increase the potential growth of the best community in the world. He would love the opportunity to do the same for the constituents of the 18th District."
- See also: State legislative special elections, 2011
Wilber lost to Kerry Roberts (R) in the March 8, 2011 special election.
- Campaign site
- Facebook page
- The Tennessean, "Wilber-Roberts race hits home stretch," March 8, 2011
- The Tennessean, "Q&As with Wilber, Roberts," March 3, 2011
- The Tennessean, "Party hopes teachers upset over collective bargaining ban will support Wilber," February 24, 2011