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Allen Ruble, who has served on Shelby County Fiscal Court for three terms, won’t be seeking re-election in 2014.
Ruble, a Republican whose District 3 is north of Shelbyville, made the announcement at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.
“After much thought and prayer, I have decided not to run again when this term is up,” Ruble said in a prepared statement. “At the end of my present term, it will have been honor and privilege to have served as third district magistrate for twelve years.”
Ruble’s district 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.
Ruble, a lifelong Shelby resident and an employee of Katayama American who lives on a farm his parents purchased in 1947, said he wanted to make the announcement that he would not seek a fourth term as magistrate now because he has been thinking about the decision for some time and knows that some people were wondering about it.
“It’s time,” he said. “During this time [past 12 years] a lot has changed. My parents have died, both of my daughters [Sara Beth and Christina] have grown up, and on September fourth, Alana and I are scheduled to become grandparents for the first time.”
Ruble’s wife of 32 years, Alana, teaches preschool at Simpsonville Baptist Church.
Ruble cites his accomplishments as magistrate as having helped bring road improvements to Burks Branch, Fox Run and Clore Jackson roads, as well as a number of smaller improvements, such as a fire station north of Chestnut Grove and helping to get a grant for the Shelby County Animal Shelter.
He has also been involved in trying to get 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.
Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that he knows that Ruble will continue to serve as faithfully in the 18 months remaining in his term as he has for the past 12 years.
“He had told me a month or two ago,” Rothenburger said. “It just goes to show what kind of a gentleman he is, because it allows others who are interested in running plenty of time to explore their options.
“Allen has been a very consistent force on the fiscal court since the day he stepped in. He came in, he had very strong morals and values, and he has stuck to them. We pretty much knew where Allen stood on issues since Day One, and he hasn’t deviated from that, which is what the people in his district elected him for.
“You have to respect a person who has served more than a decade in elected office to continue to
express and to communicate those same sentiments.”