By Max Hrenda
A local attorney began her campaign for a judge’s seat by inviting her friends and supporters to join her in celebration
On Thursday, during her special campaign kickoff event at the Medical Care office building, Lisa Nidiffer Rice officially declared her candidacy for the First Judicial District’s Criminal Court Judge Part I seat.
“It’s a big race; it’s a three-county primary and a four-county district,” Rice said, during the event. “I ask for your vote, and your support.”
In asking for those votes, Rice cited her experiences working behind the prosecutor’s and defense attorney’s desks, as well as her collaboration with law enforcement bodies like the Elizabethton Police Department and Carter County Sheriff’s Department.
“I feel like my lengthy experience in watching, observing, and participating in the legal system has given me a unique perspective to sit in the position of criminal court judge,” she said.
Rice said that, as a teenager, her father insisted she work in law offices. As she continued in her education, after graduating from Unaka High School in 1979, and then graduating with a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, and on to her time at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Rice continued her work in law offices, and courtrooms.
“Since I’ve been 16 or 17 years old, I’ve been watching the courts, watching the attorneys, and watching the judicial system,” Rice said.
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