Judge Van Pelt Jr. seeks re-elec­tion

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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.

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