Contested North Georgia judicial race marks 'blood sport' promised by attorney

Ralph Van Pelt Jr. has been a superior court judge since 1996.

I want you to finish your two years remaining on your term and to qualify for re-election - if you have the stamina and resolve! There is nothing so interesting as a Northwest Georgia election where politics for generations has been a 'blood sport.'

photo Ralph Van Pelt Jr. has been a superior court judge since 1996.

photo Melissa Hise, 49, is challenging Ralph Van Pelt Jr. for his superior court judge seat in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.

After a political rival threatened a "blood sport," a sitting North Georgia judge faces a contested race for the first time in more than two decades.

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