ST. FRANCISVILLE — Pledging to work to improve the state’s business climate, Kenny Havard is running for state representative for House District 62 in the Oct. 22 primary election.

The district includes the majority of East and West Feliciana parishes and the northwest corner of East Baton Rouge Parish, which includes much of the Zachary area.

Tom McVea, who is term-limited, now represents the district.

“I seek this position of public trust with the full understanding of the challenges we face and a willingness to do all I can to meet those challenges,” the 40-year-old Republican said in his statement of candidacy.

Havard is a graduate of Jackson High School and attended both ITI Technical College and LSU to study industrial instrumentation and design. He has worked in the private sector for 18 years as a manager of engineering sales and a business development executive in the petrochemical and oil and gas industries.

“To create good, new jobs that our state needs we must streamline government and rescind current regulation that create barriers for business. We must encourage, not stifle, small business development,” Havard said.

Havard said he is active in the community as a member of Rotary International, Lions Club and the East Feliciana Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and sits on a nine-parish regional advisory committee for Easter Seals Foundation.

He served as a volunteer baseball coach for more than 10 years and is an appointed member of the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission.

“I am very proud of all the hard work that went into completing the new Audubon Bridge. It will help bring major benefits to our communities,” he said.

He and his wife, the former Shondell Escher, of St. Francisville, have been married 19 years. She is a public schoolteacher, and they have two sons.

They attend Grace Episcopal Church.

“Having grown up in this district, I know the issues concerning us. I’ll fight for our people, communities and our jobs. I believe I have the experience, energy and values needed to serve you well,” Havard said.

Other candidates in the race are Bob Arnold, Ken Dawson, Rob Farmer and Ronnie Jett.