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After two terms on the Shelby County Board of Education, Doug Butler has decided to move on and enter the political ring as a candidate for the District 7 seat on Shelby County Fiscal Court.
Longtime magistrate Mike Whitehouse has decided not to run for re-election, and the seat has garnered a lot of attention with three other candidates also entering the race.
Butler, a Republican who has served eight years on the school board, said this is his first time running for political office. While elected, school board positions are non-partisan.
The timing of his run for magistrate is twofold, he said – there is an open seat on fiscal court in his district, and he recently retired from a career as an environmental engineer.
“Now that I’m retired, I have the time and energy it requires to do a good job,” he said.
Butler, 63, is also a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, with 30 years of service; 6 in active duty and 24 years as a traditional guardsman with the Kentucky Air National Guard.
He has a long history of community service in Shelby County, having served on the CASA and 109 boards, and on the Shelby County Historical Society. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby and served on the Shelby County School Board’s Local Planning Committee.
“I have been very active in my community, and I’m willing to take a stand for Shelby County to promote traditional values for its citizens,” he said.
Butler, who lives on Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, is proud of what the school board accomplished during his time there, especially the opening of two new schools.
He said if elected as magistrate in District 7, he is looking forward to being a part of an exciting time for that area as it undergoes major changes. With the onset of the 374,000-square-foot outlet mall opening this summer and all that projected development that is expected to stem from that, Butler noted the need for close attention to development.
“The west end of the county is poised for dramatic change, and I think that responsible growth is prudent,” he said.
He noted solid waste and recycling and maintaining rural roads as other key issues.
Butler has lived in Shelby County for the past 18 years with his wife, Jamie. He is a member of the Shelby County Master Gardener Society, and is a past national president of the University of Louisville Alumni Association.
The candidate: Doug Butler
CURRENT ROLE: School Board member
EDUCATION: B.S. in engineering, University of Louisville; master’s in business, University of Southern California
FAMILY: Wife, Jamie