The spot on the bench opened up when Judge Chester Harhut took senior status and then moved to part-time status upon reaching the mandatory retirement age.
Over the course of his career, he has worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office before going into practice. More recently, he gained greater prominence as a local district magistrate judge and, in private practice, as a Mediator/Arbitrator for the resolution of a wide variety of civil litigation matters. He also previously served on a statewide commission to study and offer recommendations on the Luzerne County juvenile justice system issues that existed a few years back.
District Magistrate Gibbons now moves ahead to the general election in November with no opposition for the position.