According to a recent story in the Tribune-Democrat, a resident of Flinton, Minnesota is seeking the position of District Judge covering Hastings, Northern Cambria and Patton boroughs and Barr, Chest, Clearfield, Elder, Susquehanna, West Carroll and White townships.
What makes Brian L. Gates unique is that he not only has served (for 10 years) as a state constable, but he is also a professional bodyguard. Gates owns three companies offering defensive tactics training and bodyguard services. He teaches self-defense courses to law-enforcement officers, women’s groups and senior citizens, and holds an eighth-degree black belt in karate.
Gates is 46 years old, and plans to bring his background in safety and the protection of citizens to the job, should he win the election against incumbent Judge Michael Zungali. According to Gates, “I am interested in becoming an integral part of the solution in making our communities safe.” Specifically cited were issues of drug trafficking, theft deterrence and crimes against senior citizens.
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It is refreshing to read a story like this; Gates clearly is a smart, entrepreneurial individual interested in using his skills and expertise in the area of protection to serve his community.