Van Pelt outpacing Hise in campaign donations [document]

Ralph Van Pelt Jr., Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge
photo Melisaa Hise is challenging Ralph Van Pelt Jr. for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge. She works in the Pamour Law Firm in Summerville.

Incumbent Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. has raised twice as much as his opponent, Melissa Hise.

From October through March, campaign contribution reports show, Van Pelt received about $86,000. Since announcing her candidacy in January, Hise has raised $43,000.

Contested judicial races are rare in the area. The last one occurred in 2008, when Judge Ralph Hill stepped down. That race's winner, Brian House, raised about $33,000 - including $13,000 of his own money. The runner-up, Larry Stagg, raised about $35,000.