CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Meet Travis Estes

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Get to know the man who wants to stand up for all Missourians, how his life has influenced who he is as a leader and how you can expect him to vote in Jefferson City.

Raised Right, Right Here In Missouri

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I was born in southwest Missouri to a single mother. She demonstrated the importance of work and respect, often holding multiple jobs at a time to provide my little sister and me the opportunities to explore sports, the outdoors and the arts.

Expanded My Experiences Through Travel

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I have had the opportunity to learn more about people and our country by my travels. While I started out living in Springfield and Ozark, Missouri, I also lived at the Navajo reservation Dennehotso, in New York and in Chicago, as well.

These experiences broadened my perspective by seeing life through the eyes of others which helped me learn and grow. I truly appreciate everywhere I have lived and everything I have seen and experienced. I feel fortunate that I am equally acquainted and comfortable with rural life and farming as I am with mass transit and urban living.

Respect For Our History In Marine Villa

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As a proud Missourian and St. Louisan that appreciates this history of our beautiful city, I have lived for the past 14 years in an 1880s home in the Marine Villa neighborhood where I also serve as Vice-President in the neighborhood association.

Ambition To Create Something New

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I have always been the type of person who’s never satisfied by the status-quo and happiest when I’m growing as a person or learning something new. This has been evident throughout my life, such as when I successfully lobbied my high school to create extra classes. Then at Missouri State University, I developed my own course of study resulting in a triple-major (Religious Studies, English Literature and the BFA in Performance) with a fine arts minor. I completed this all in four years so I could get to conservatory in NYC. But my education is never done as I now spend my free time devoted to gardening, woodworking, primitive camping, cooking and even dabbling in stained glass and learning the piano.

Community Communicator

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I have made my living largely through communication arts, primarily in the civic sector. I am currently the Director of Digital Strategy for the St. Louis Symphony. Recently I was invited to speak to many of the world’s largest arts organizations about my vision for a digital and social future. I have also proudly represented Missouri for three years (regionally and across the country) for the official Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration as an extension of the Missouri History Museum.

Compassion as Conviction

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With an openness ingrained in me by my family and experiences, I strive to approach everything with an open mind and heart. You’ll often hear me proclaim, “I know enough to know that I don’t know much, and that’s why I need you.” That’s why I seek others to understand, to learn, to share.

It’s because of this that regardless of the issues, I fight as fiercely as a warrior for equity in all things. My single, most sacred belief is that no human has lesser, or greater, value than any other. The inequality of rights faced by so many communities whether by race, gender, sexuality or belief system is the primary motivation in my fight for equity in all things for all Missourians.