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From the Desk of Christina Simpson, Candidate for Court of Common Pleas

(4/1) Gettysburg area attorney Christina Simpson recently announced her candidacy for Judge of the Adams County Court of Common Pleas, to fill one of two vacancies which will be left by retiring judges at the end of 2015. The 44-year old Straban Township native is a graduate of Gettysburg High School, obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount St. Mary’s College, and her law Degree from the Dickinson School of Law. Her candidacy is endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police - Keystone Lodge #41 and the Gettysburg Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Common Pleas Court Judges hear a wide variety of cases, both civil and criminal. Among the many types of cases they handle within those divisions are family law, juvenile dependency and delinquency, adoptions, guardianships, termination of parental rights, real estate matters, and estate administration. They preside over hearings and trials for major criminal cases. Simpson has gained extensive experience in all of those areas during the past 18 years.

Early in her career, she served as a Prosecutor in the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, primarily handling domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases, followed by 14 years in a general private practice. She is trained and experienced in mediating family law matters. Simpson currently serves the court in a quasi-judicial capacity as a Divorce Master and Arbitrator. She is also appointed by the Court to represent children in high-conflict custody cases and the elderly in guardianship matters. Simpson received the Callie Award for Exceptional Woman in Public Service in 2002 from the United Way of Adams County for her work as a Prosecutor. She is a former Assistant Solicitor for Adams County Children & Youth Services.

Active in the Adams County community throughout her life, Simpson has served as a director on several non-profit boards, including NOVIS, Survivors, Mediation Services of Adams County and is a member of the Children’s Round Table. She resides on her family’s farm in Straban Township with her husband, Phil Trostle and their son Jacob. She is a life member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Gettysburg, where she served as Co-Chair of the committee to raise funds to build a new parish school in 2011.

Simpson will be cross-filing on the Republican and Democratic ballots. The primary election will be held May 19, 2015. If you would like to learn more about Simpson or assist with her campaign, please visit

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