Current Magistrate Ricky Alvey filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky State Senate District 5. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 was the last day for candidates to file for the offices of State Senator, State Representative and U.S. Congressman.
The 5th Senatorial District includes Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, and Meade counties. The current senator is Republican Carroll Gibson, of Leitchfield, who did not file for re-election.
Alvey, who is a Democrat, will have Primary opposition from Democrat Leslie J. Stith, of Guston, in Meade County.
“I am excited about getting out there meeting people from all six counties in this district and discussing changes that can be made to improve Kentucky,” said Alvey. “If I am elected, I will stand up for what is needed in this district.”
Alvey was born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Grayson County. He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1978. He moved to Hart County in 1984 when he took over a small gas station. After running the gas station for a year he purchased his first tow truck.
“I have been asked many times what the secret to having a successful business is, and I always answer the same,” Alvey said. “Run your business with honesty, integrity and always stand behind your word. If you tell someone you are going to do something then exceed their expectations by doing what you said and then some. I will continue with that work ethic in mind when I am a voice for this district in Frankfort.”
In the past 15 years, Alvey’s Towing and Recovery has grown to include 11 tow trucks and employ six people full-time. He is on the Board of Directors for the Hart County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Horse Cave Rotary Club, a member of Our Lady of the Cave Catholic Church and has been actively involved in the Horse Cave Heritage Festival for the past 10 years. He is married to Sarah Houk Alvey and lives in Horse Cave. He has two daughters, Courtney and Mackenzie.