Higgins believes things could be done better in District 3

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Over the past few years, Mike Higgins has had the time to attend many governmental meetings.

Anything from fiscal court to fire district meetings, Higgins has been a frequent attendee.

And, he doesn't always like what he sees. 

"I haven't always been pleased with the management style of fiscal court," said Higgins, who is currently serving his first term on the Fox Chase City Council.

Instead of sitting back and just complaining, Higgins has thrown his name into the ring for the magistrate's seat in the Third District.

"I think I can bring a more positive approach to solving problems," said the retired mechanical engineer.

The Democrat has been active in attending various meetings over the past few years.

As magistrate, Higgins said he would be someone who would research the issues and be informed in making his decisions on fiscal court.

Being retired, Higgins said he has the time needed to be a full-time magistrate. He would continue to attend the local governmental meetings.

One thing he would like to see accomplished is a better working relationship between all the cities and fiscal court. He knows the cities taking the insurance premium tax is an issue and it might not be anything he could change. But, he said the county leaders need to talk to officials when things arise.

Another goal is to be more open and more responsive to the needs of the constituents in the Third District.

"I will listen to the people and try to get them an answer to their questions," said Higgins, 65. "And I would like to be more involved in community activities than in the past."

Higgins said he believes he knows the needs of the community. Being involved in things such as Cub Scouts, youth baseball and 4-H over the years, Higgins said he knows what the communities expect.

The lack of progress on projects such as the Highway 61 extension was another factor on Higgins deciding to run. The Bullitt County Sanitation District needs the ability and the resources to expand and road projects, such as Highway 61, need the attention and support of fiscal court, said Higgins.