My name is Judge Billie J. Gilpin. In November of 1994, the citizens of Allegany County elected to afford me the opportunity to serve as a Judge of the Orphans’ Court. I have been sitting on the bench since that time, and it is with great enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy to continue as Judge of the Orphans’ Court.

Throughout the past 16 years, I have attended a multitude of continuing education courses through the Judicial Training Center in Annapolis. As Judge of the Orphans’ Court it is imperative to remain up-to-date and educated on probate laws of the State of Maryland. The foremost responsibility of the Judges of the Orphans’ Court is to oversee the proper administration of decedents’ estates.

I am a member of Association of Judges of the Orphans’ Court of Maryland, Allegany County Women’s Republican Club, Chapel Hill West Neighborhood Association, South Cumberland Business and Civic Association, Women’s Sport Club, Registered Notary Republic, Red Hot Society, Queen City Scarlet Angels, Women of the Moose Chapter 914, Haystack Mt. Sportsmen’s Club, AARP, and the Allegany County Republican Club.

In addition to my elected position as Judge of the Orphans’ Court, I have been the licensed owner and operator of Mother Goose Day Care for 41 years and am a member of Family Day Care Associates.

A Cumberland native and graduate of Fort Hill High School, I was married for 42 years to the late Harry J. Gilpin. I am the mother of two daughters, Kelly Gilpin of Fort Ashby, W.Va., and Cher Gilpin of Cumberland, and the proud grandmother to Joseph and Jordan Redd.

With 16 years’ experience, I have accumulated the knowledge and skill to professionally assist people in properly handling estates of their families and loved ones. With this in mind, I would ask for your continued support in the upcoming 2010 election.

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