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By Lisa King

Republican Allen Ruble has filed to run for a third term as Shelby County’s magistrate in District 3.

Ruble’s district lies in the northern portion of Shelby County and includes parts of the perimeter of Shelbyville, such as Middleton Heights and Town & Country. Nearly all of the future Shelbyville Bypass lies within District 3.

Ruble says during his stint as a magistrate he has helped bring road improvements on Burks Branch, Fox Run and Clore Jackson, as well as a number of smaller improvements, such as a fire station in Chestnut Grove and helping to get a grant for a new animal shelter.

He cited his goals for the future, should he be re-elected, to include helping to get more roads widened, getting sidewalks installed on 7th Street from the Shelbyville city limits to Clear Creek Park and helping to get sewers installed in Glenview and other areas.

"I would also like to see all the subdivisions of Town & Country, Glenview, Old Mill Village and Country Manor connected with sidewalks and bike paths and plus be all connected to the park system, so youth could go to the park without having to be on the main road," he said.

Ruble said he also supports economic development and job growth and the growth of Clear Creek Park.

His family has donated land for a mini park in his district, and Ruble said he hopes to see some walking and bike paths installed.

A lifelong Shelby County resident and an employee of Katayama American Co., Inc., Ruble lives on a farm his parents purchased in 1947.

He is a member of Simpsonville Baptist Church and of Solomon Lodge No. 5.

Ruble and his wife of 28 years, Alana, who teaches preschool at Simpsonville Baptist Church, have two children, Sara Beth and Christina.