A local attorney has announced that she will be running for Superior Court Judge.

Melissa Gifford Hise is an attorney that lives in Walker County and works in the law office with Albert Palmour in Summerville.  Hise says that she is seeking the position that is currently held by incumbent Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt, Jr.

His is married to Mark Hise and has two children.  She and her family attend the Rock Spring United Methodist Church.  She is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and began practicing law in 1993.  Hise served as a clerk for former Superior Court Judge “Bo” Woods who retired recently.  Wood’s position was filled by Summerville Attorney Don Thompson, who was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal.  Thompson will also be seeking his first full-term as judge in the upcoming election.

Hise says that she plans to use her background in business organization and management skills to assist in making the local court system more efficient.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit serves Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties.