A North Union Township resident who practices law in Uniontown has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge.
Robert Gordon crossfiled and is listed on both the Democrat and Republican ballot in the May 16 primary, seeking to succeed the incumbent magistrate, Wendy Dennis, who announced she will not seek another term.
Whoever succeeds Dennis in 2018 will serve areas that include North Union, Henry Clay, Stewart and Wharton townships, as well as Markleysburg and Ohiopyle.
Gordon stressed that while he is an attorney, he believes his community involvement is his strongest asset as a candidate for magisterial district judge.
“I’m a Fayette County guy, working with Fayette County people,” said Gordon, a Brownsville native, adding that he talks with local residents every day in his general law practice.
Gordon said he is an advocate for mental health patients for Fayette County and a court appointed attorney for Children and Youth Services (CYS), as well as a member of the Fayette County Bar Association board of directors.
“I talk every day with the district attorney’s office, the magistrate’s office,” Gordon said. “I think I can help bridge the gap between the offices.”
A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and the Western Michigan University Law School, Gordon said he is a “strong proponent” of Central Court, which he said has saved taxpayers money by eliminating the need for state police to always provide transport to different offices.
“I’m running to try to help our community,” Gordon said.