February 26, 2020

By Cheryl Holloway

Charles County attorney and La Plata resident, Makeba Gibbs, is announcing her intent to run for judge of the Circuit Court. Gibbs will bring 15 years of trial experience to the bench. Makeba Gibbs received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Widener University School of Law. If elected, it is a 15-year term. Judicial races are considered non-partisan, so judges names appear on both Republican and Democratic primary ballots.

Gibbs says, “My philosophy is that judges need to be fair and balanced. With thousands of hours of requisite experience, I know the law and I know how a court room should be run, so that the law is administered fairly and efficiently. Serving as Judge of the Circuit Court for Charles County will allow me to use my knowledge of the law to focus on matters that will greatly affect our community.” Gibbs added, “I have the experience and I want to ensure fairness and justice for all Charles County citizens.”

Makeba Gibbs pledges to focus on issues such as: establishing problem solving courts—Drug Court, Mental Health Court and a Veterans Court; improving court efficiency and handling pro se litigants.

Attorney Gibbs began her legal career as a law clerk in the D.C. Superior Court’s Abuse and Neglect Division, before accepting a position serving the public at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 2005. Gibbs has been in private practice for five years in both civil and criminal matters located in La Plata, Maryland, where she began sharing an office with one of her mentors, Wilmer “Bill” Ticer. She has sixteen years as a licensed attorney.

Makeba Gibbs is active in several local bar associations and volunteers her time to both legal and community civic organizations throughout the county. She is the past-president of the Charles County Bar Association, where she also served as entertainment chair, treasurer, secretary and vice-president. She is the founding president and charter member of the Salome A. Howard Bar Association that raises money to provide scholarships to local students. Gibbs is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She sits on the Board of Directors for Point of Change Jail Ministry. She is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. She is a licensed foster parent and has fostered six infants in her home—from 2 weeks to 9 months old. She adopted one of the children to give him a stable and happy home. Gibbs is a member of South Potomac Church.

Gibbs, who ran in 2018, narrowly lost by 315 votes, and said, “I realized that every vote truly counts!”

Makeba Gibbs will need your support during early voting April 16-23 and the Primary Election on April 28, 2020.

The first event, which is open to the public, is a Meet and Greet on Sunday, March 1st from 3-5 pm at the Prime Street Grille, 4680 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20695. Bring your family, friends and voters!

If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer, Lakeisha Brown, at 240-776-2701.