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The only candidate who dedicated her entire career to public service.

Experience on ALL sides of the courtroom:

4+ years as Lycoming County District Attorney

8+ years as Lycoming County Public Defender

1+ years as Judicial Clerk

About Kirsten
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About Kirsten

Kirsten Gardner is a candidate for Magisterial District Judge in the 29-3-03 district, representing the Montgomery, Muncy, and Hughesville neighborhoods. Kirsten is a homegrown success story working to make her community stronger and brighter for the future, one case at a time. With over a decade-long tenure as both a Public Defender and Assistant District Attorney for Lycoming County, Kirsten has the necessary experience to serve her community in law and order, making her the most qualified candidate for Magisterial District Judge Throughout her time with the Lycoming County District Attorney's Office, Kirsten has prosecuted hundreds of cases in both the adult and juvenile forums, including those involving special victims, violent crimes, and homicides. She is also admitted to the federal bar, in which she handles federal appeals on behalf of the Commonwealth. Prior to her career as a prosecutor, Kirsten worked as an attorney here in Lycoming County for over eight years, handling cases involving criminal defense, child support, mental health commitments, and parental rights proceedings. She started her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Timothy M. Sullivan of Blair County. A 2001 graduate of the Muncy Jr-Sr High School, Kirsten has resided in Muncy for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degree from West Chester University and furthered her education by receiving her Juris Doctorate from Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Harrisburg, where she earned an award for alternative dispute resolutions. Kirsten and her family reside in her hometown of Muncy. She is a member of the Lycoming County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Muncy. She has volunteered in her community as an AYSO coach and an elementary girls’ basketball coach for Muncy.



Kirsten invests in the future of our community, from volunteering as an elementary girls' basketball coach to donating her time (and baking skills) for church auctions.

Experienced & Accomplished

Kirsten's 13-year career as a practicing attorney has afforded her the experience needed to succeed as magistrate, handling cases involving criminal defense, child support, mental health, violent crimes, homicides, and more.

Hometown Glory

Kirsten is a hometown success story, having graduated from Muncy High School in 2001 and living in town for the past 12 years working for the Lycoming County District Attorney's Office.
Having appeared 890+ times in the last 13 years (compared to her opponents'  24 combined appearances in that same timeframe), Gardner is the most qualified, experienced, & familiar candidate to run for this office. 

Kirsten Gardner's experience in District Court 29-3-03 is drastically greater than that of her opponents...

Source: The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal

Endorsed by

R. Mark Lusk, Lycoming County Sheriff

"Kirsten Gardner is the only candidate with a Prosecution AND Defense background. Being in a county courtroom on a daily basis, Kirsten Gardner has reviewed countless numbers of search warrants, listened intently to volumes of sworn testimony, and is very well versed in our county legal system. Kirsten has the temperament and integrity to be your next Magisterial District Judge. Kirsten Gardner interacts with victims, witnesses and defendants very well. She is incredibly compassionate with ALL crime victims, especially children and the elderly. With her years of court experience on both sides of the law, Kirsten has demonstrated that she is firm but fair and impartial. You deserve the most overall qualified candidate as your next Magisterial District Judge and that candidate is Kirsten Gardner. I fully support Kirsten Gardner to be your next MDJ and ask you to vote for Kirsten as your next Magisterial District Judge."

Know before you vote

Know before you vote

  • What's a magisterial district judge?
    Magisterial district judges preside over the magisterial district court, in this case, the boroughs and neighboring municipalities of Montgomery, Muncy, and Hughesville. They have the authority to conduct and preside over a number of non-jury trials and preliminary arrangements or hearings, commonly referred to as small claims, including matters such as criminal summaries not involving delinquent acts, civil claims where the amount in controversy does not exceed $12,000 in landlord-tenant actions, fines and penalties by any government agency, and more. (Learn more about their roles here.)
  • Why vote for Kirsten?
    Easy: she's the most qualified and experienced candidate, with local ties. Kirsten's experience as both a Lycoming County Prosecutor and Public Defender uniquely qualifies her to serve her community as judge.
  • Where is District Magistrate Region 29-3-03?
    District Magistrate Region 29-3-03 encompasses the boroughs and neighboring townships of Montgomery, Muncy, and Hughesville in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. View map of Lycoming County Magistrate Districts »
  • When is Election Day?
    Tuesday, May 16, 2023 is the Municipal Primary. The last day to register to vote is May 1, 2023. The last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is May 9, 2023. You can find more information here.
  • Where can I vote?
    You can find your polling place here. Polls are open on election day from 7 A.M. - 8 P.M.
  • How can I support the cause?
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