2014 Election, Shelby County Fiscal Court: Riggs keeps magisterial seat in District 2

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By Lisa King

A battle by a novice to the political arena and the incumbent magistrate in District 2 has failed, with Michael Riggs coming out on top.

Riggs defeated Mark McCall by 326 votes (59 percent) to McCall’s 224 (40 percent).

The vote rolls Riggs, 64, into his fourth term as magistrate in District 2, western Shelby County, which encompasses Simpsonville, Persimmon Ridge, Todds Point and Long Run Road.

“I’m very pleased that the citizens of western Shelby County considered my work worthwhile, and I am looking forward to continuing to serve them,” he said.

Riggs, who was elected in 2003 and has a law enforcement background, is a former Louisville Police detective, specializing in fraud. He also worked on the department’s training unit, public relations and school liaison program.

He said that during his next term, he plans to continue to focus on smart growth and development.

“I support controlled growth in proper locations,” he said. “But my top priority is quality of life.”

The hotly contested District 7 race featured three new comers vying to replace a retiring magistrates. Mike Whitehouse announced he would not seek reelection after 27 years.

Of the three Republicans who ran for his open seat, Danny Eades, a product support team member at Process Machinery, came out on top with 341 votes, 56 percent. Doug Butler, a 2-term Shelby County School Board member, came in second with 239votes, 39 percent, and Stephen McGill, a retired music teacher, came in third with 21 votes, 3 percent.

Eades, a Shelby County native who also operates a small family farm, said his motivation in running for office is to be a positive influence on the future of his community.

He said after the election results were in that he was very pleased, but he was quick to compliment the other candidates.

“Hats off to both my opponents; it was a tough race,” he said. “I am looking forward to the fall.”

He said he wanted to serve in District 7 because he has lived and worked there his entire life, and he wanted to do his part to shape the future of the district.

Eades, 42, is a newcomer to the political arena, but said he had taken the attitude before the results were in that he had done his best during the campaign and whatever the result, he felt good about that.

“Like I always tell my boys, just play until the final whistle’s blown,” he said. “I try not to take anything for granted and I try not to assume anything.”

In District 3, two Republicans battled over a open seat being vacated by longtime magistrate Allen Ruble, who announced last year that he would not be seeking a fourth term, has ended with Mike Miller victorious over Tim Willard.

Miller, 61, a former 5-term Shelbyville City Councilman from 1998 to 2008, and real estate agent, garnered 394 votes, 70 percent, to 168 forWillard, a master roll forming operator of 37 years.

District 3 covers the northern portion of Shelby County and includes parts of the perimeter of Shelbyville, such as Middleton Heights and Town & Country and most of the property along the Shelbyville Bypass, and Miller said early on in his campaign, that in addition to issues involving health, safety and law enforcement in the district, that he would also work to gets some road widened in that area.

He said Tuesday night that the election numbers spoke for themselves.

“Seventy percent; that’s a good number of people, and since I’m a conservative person, I feel like we have a lot of conservative people in the third district,” he said.

Miller said that he even though he has never met his opponent; he had a lot of respect for Willard, just from what he knew of him.

“He’s a hard worker and I wish him well,” he said. “I just want to thank everyone for their support and I’m very happy with the results.”

Miller will face Democrat Matt Samples in the fall.