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Gilbert J. “Gil” Barker announces candidacy for Magisterial District Judge


DuBois, PA – Gil Barker has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge 46-3-01, the office now vacant because of the retirement of former District Judge, Patrick Ford.

Barker is a familiar face in the community, having spent the last 23 years protecting and serving as a local municipal police officer. Through those years of experience, he has developed a working knowledge of the types of criminal and civil law matters that affect the people of our community. As a result, he is able to assume the duties of a District Judge and can manage the workings of the District Judge’s office to ensure its cooperation with the Clearfield County Court and its Judges.

Barker says his years of experience in the legal field qualify him to perform the duties of a District Judge because he has a true understanding of the community, having worked with the citizens of the area on a daily basis for the past 2 decades.

Barker resides in the DuBois area with his two boys and their dog, Daisy. He was married to local radio personality, Beth Walters, until she lost her courageous battle with breast cancer in 2015. He is a member of various civic organizations in the community. Through his years of involvement , he has helped organize and has participated in fundraisers for local families during their times of need. He served as coach /president of the DuBois Panthers/ Renegades youth football team and has coached his son’s Challenger baseball team for children with special needs. He volunteers on the Human Rights Committee for Fayette Resources and was elected to the Board of the DuBois Area School District where he is a member of the athletic and construction committees advocating for building designs to accommodate children with special needs in our school system.

In explaining his desire to continue to serve our citizens, Barker stated, “As a long-time resident of the community and first responder, I appreciate the issues and challenges we all face. I have protected the safety of my neighbors on the streets and I have dedicated myself to the fair and honest treatment of everyone I meet during my career as a police officer. If elected, I intend to continue to follow that same course of conduct in office. I promise that I will execute the duties of District Judge with integrity and I would greatly appreciate your consideration.”