Legal issues, evolving voting patterns at the center of 6th House District race

10/06/2014 03:46 PM

The 6th House District race may not look like a premiere contest at first blush, but the changing political landscape of western Kentucky coupled with the legal fight of the incumbent Democrat have made for an interesting contest heading into Nov. 4.

Three-term incumbent state Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, has a healthy fundraising lead with nearly $56,000 in the bank while his Republican challenger Keith Travis, an executive a Murray Calloway County Hospital, has around $25,000 in his campaign coffers.

But dueling lawsuits involving Coursey’s former legislative secretary, who accused him of retaliation after she confronted him about sexually suggestive remarks he made to a Legislative Research Commission intern and other staffers, could become a bigger part of the race as election day nears. Coursey has filed a countersuit claiming defamation.

Changing voting patterns in western Kentucky have also played a role in making the 6th House District contest one of the most interesting this election cycle.

Pure Politics correspondent Ryan Alessi followed the candidates along the campaign trail in Western Kentucky.

Travis posted an ad to his Facebook page Friday that brought up the sexual harassment scandals, though it does not mention Coursey’s lawsuit in particular. When asked if he believed the lawsuit would be a part of the campaign, Travis told Pure Politics he believed people had a right to know it was happening.

The ad, which states “paid for by Keith Travis for state representative” at the end, bears resemblance as well as similar messaging to an ad from another western Kentucky GOP candidate running against state Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, who has also come under question for ethical conduct.


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