Walker hopes to replace Judge Samuel Welch who has maintained the position for the past 11 years and will not be seeking re-election this year.
Riggs has spent the last 19 years living and working in the Birmingham, Ala. area prosecuting thousands of criminal cases including murders, burglaries, assaults and theft cases. He graduated from Jones School of Law, at Faulkner University in 1998 and from there went to work for Circuit Judge William A. Shashy in the 15th Judicial Circuit. He later moved to Birmingham to work as a deputy district attorney in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.
According to a press release announcing his candidacy, Walker is a committed conservative who believes in personal responsibility, individual liberty and a constitutionally limited government. He thinks that these values, coupled with strong communities built by strong families are critical to meeting the criminal justice challenges facing our state today. Walker believes these principles will allow him to deliver just verdicts fairly while maintaining the rule of law.
“There are profound challenges in our society today. However, justice rightfully administered should provide hope and a guiding light for future generations.” said Walker.
Walker is an active member in several Republican organizations, and serves as a committee member on the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee. He is engaged in his community, volunteering for Homewood city schools and attending Covenant Presbyterian Church with his wife Cheryl, and their two daughters.