Ross Wilburn was selected by local Democrats today to be the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the special election set for Tuesday, August 6 in Story County.  The special election was called after former State Representative Lisa Heddens of Ames resigned to take a seat on the Story County Board of Supervisors.

“I’m honored to be selected by my neighbors as the Democratic nominee for State Representative for the upcoming special election.  Over the next five weeks, I’m going to work tirelessly to meet the people of District 46 and earn their vote,” said Wilburn.

A longtime social worker, Wilburn has dedicated his life to service. Upon graduating high school, Wilburn joined up with the Iowa Army National Guard and would work one weekend a month while in college. Wilburn currently serves as a diversity officer and associate director for community economic development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In 2018, Wilburn ran for the Democratic Nomination for governor on a platform of strengthening mental health care resources across Iowa. Wilburn has also served as a city council member and mayor of Iowa City.

“I am excited to support Ross Wilburn in the upcoming Special Election. Ross will be a strong advocate for our local public schools, affordable and accessible health care, and good paying jobs. I encourage voters in House District 46 to support Ross Wilburn on August 6th,” said Supervisor Lisa Heddens.

House District 46 includes north Ames and western parts of Story County.