Tribune-Courier General Manager
Marshall County native Keith Travis announced last week he plans to file as a candidate for the Kentucky 6th District House of Representatives seat.
Travis will seek the seat currently held by incumbent Democrat Will Coursey of Benton. Travis will run as a Republican candidate. He said he will officially file with the Ky. Registry of Election Finance on Jan. 15.
A resident of Palma, Travis is the vice president of development of Murray Calloway County Hospital. He served five years on the Marshall County Board of Education, leaving the post in 1998 for an appointment by Governor Paul Patton to the Kentucky Board of Education.
Travis said he is motivated to seek the office by a desire to see things done differently on a state government level.
“I look at other areas as compared to Kentucky and we always seem to be looking for revenue, but nothing really good ever seems to come of it. When you look at our neighbors to the south in Tn., they have done a good job of attracting good paying jobs. I want to see some changes made and think I can help bring it about,” said Travis.
In a press release Travis stated that he felt “it was time in his career to seek the House of Representative seat and wanted to place his experience and resume before the voters for their review and consideration.”
He added his goals for the office would be to move the district and Kentucky forward in a manner that created economic growth with less governmental intervention. He stated that he was concerned with the direction of the nation and felt that Kentucky had followed suit in many areas, while failing to advance the quality of life within the state.
Travis and his wife of 35 years, Joan Stratton Travis, live in the Palma community. Joan is employed by the Marshall County Board of Education. The Travis’ have two children, Dr. Julia Travis Lyles and husband Dr. Adam Lyles of Benton and a son, Mr. James Travis of Las Vegas.
Travis has been involved in many civic organizations during his career, serving on the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and was also named Citizen of the Year in Marshall County in 1999. He currently serves on the CASA Board of Directors, 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.
A graduate of North Marshall High School, Travis attended The University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent the first 25 years of his career in the Calvert City industrial complex, including an international startup for B. F. Goodrich in Argentina in 1987. His professional career took him to Murray in 2000 as Director of Human Resources with the Mattel Corporation, then as human resource manager for the startup of Pella Corporation. In 2004 he began his career at Murray Calloway County Hospital as director of human resources.
He and his wife attend the Benton Church of Christ where he has served as an elder since August of 2000.
Travis said that his campaign team would soon be announced and that a website is currently being developed.