This year's November election will feature a contest for the 6th District House seat, with Republican Keith Travis filing to face incumbent Democrat Will Coursey should the two defeat any primary opponents.
Travis, 61, vice president of development for Murray-Calloway County Hospital, on Wednesday filed with the Secretary of State's office for the seat, representing portions of Marshall, Lyon and McCracken counties. Three-term incumbent Coursey of Symsonia filed Jan. 10 for re-election.
Travis cited his varied work experience, both regionally and abroad, and years of civic involvement as providing the necessary experience to represent local constituents at a state level.
"It's a point in my life where I think I'm old enough to have the experience to be beneficial and still young enough to take on the task of being a state representative," Travis said Thursday.
Travis has worked with Murray-Calloway County Hospital since 2004, joining it as vice president of human resources, and prior to that worked in human resources for both Mattel and the Pella Corporation in Murray.
A graduate of North Marshall High School, Travis earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky before returning locally, where he spent the first 25 years of his career in engineering and management in the Calvert City industrial complex, including an international startup for B.F. Goodrich in Argentina in 1987.
Travis also cited his involvement with civic organizations throughout his career, serving on the Marshall County Chamber, the Marshall County Board of Education for five years, and being appointed by Gov. Paul Patton to the Kentucky Board of Education. Travis served on it for 10 years.
He currently serves on the CASA Board of Directors and is president of Murray Main Street and president-elect of the Murray Rotary Club, where he was selected as Rotarian of the Year in 2013.
"In many of my assignments I've had dual roles that allowed me to gain different perspectives," Travis said. "Those are things that you look back and think, 'Gee, I'm glad I did that,' and it helped round out my experience."
Travis' goals include economic growth locally and statewide with less governmental intervention, and said he is concerned with the direction of the nation and how the state has mirrored that trend while failing to advance the quality of life throughout the state.
Contact Will Pinkston, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8676 or follow @WCPinkston on Twitter.
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