Gibbons announces he’ll seek fourth term
December 20, 2013
District Judge Michael Gibbons announced that he is seeking his fourth full term in office.
The East Valley resident has served since he was first elected in 1994.
"If re-elected, I will continue to serve the citizens of our community effectively and fairly based upon my 19 years of experience as a district judge having heard and decided thousands of cases," Gibbons said in a Wednesday statement to The Record-Courier.
Gibbons said he plans to file first thing on Jan. 6. A week later he's scheduled to be in court facing a charge of vehicular manslaughter.
Gibbons, 57, was charged in the Aug. 20 traffic accident that resulted in the death of 61-year-old bicyclist Joseph A. Longo.
In his announcement, Gibbons didn't comment on the accident, but alluded to it in a letter to the Douglas County Bar Association.
"My current personal circumstances inspire me to be even more empathetic and caring as a judge knowing how precious and fragile life is," he said.
He said he has completed more than 1,000 hours of judicial training, which resulted in his receiving the top award from the Nevada Supreme Court.
Gibbons said the rights of crime victims are important to him, and that he has been an advocate for children and seniors in court through the establishment of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children and Special Advocates for Elders.
"I have lived in Douglas County for over 33 years and raised my family here. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping the young people of our community as a volunteer through sports and education," he said.
Gibbons lives in Gardnerville with his wife Barbara. They have three daughters and three grandsons. He is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Idaho College of Law.