Judge Van Pelt Jr. seeks re-election
Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr., a Superior Court judge of the Lookout Mountain Circuit, has announced he will be a candidate for re-election in the non-partisan election in 2018.
The Lookout Mountain Circuit is composed of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties.
Judge Van Pelt was born in Summerville and now lives in Ringgold.
A graduate of Berry College and the University of Georgia School of Law, Judge Van Pelt was an assistant district attorney in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. As an assistant district attorney, Van Pelt prosecuted the “Devil Worshiper” murder cases as well as the murder cases of Judith and Alvin Neelley. After five years in private practice in Ringgold with County Attorney Clifton M. “Skip” Patty, Judge Van Pelt was elected district attorney and held that office from January 1989 until appointment to the Superior Court bench in September 1996. As district attorney, Judge Van Pelt prosecuted all the homicide cases of the entire circuit.
Judge Van Pelt has run unopposed since his first election in 1988. In the last twenty-one years he has tried every kind of case from medical malpractice to murder to speeding.
From left: Sen. Steve Gooch, Sen. John Wilkinson, Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Sen. Jeff Mullis, Sen. Butch Miller and Greg Mullis during a trip to Washington, D.C.
Ralph Van Pelt, Jr.