Local attorney and former district attorney general Susan N. Marttala has announced her candidacy for General Sessions Judge in the August election.
“I’m pleased to announce my candidacy for General Sessions Court Judge for Warren County,” Marttala said, noting she did not put her name into consideration for the interim appointment made by the County Commission. “The announcement of Judge Ross’s retirement was sudden. I have obligations to my clients and my law practice that I need to fulfill so I did not seek the appointment to the bench. I will be running for election by the people of Warren County in August.”
Marttala was born and raised in Warren County and graduated from Vanderbilt School of Law. She and her husband, David, returned to Warren County after school and opened Marttala and Marttala where they practiced together for 10 years. She has been in law practice for 26 years.
She was appointed the first female district attorney general in the state of Tennessee in 1990. She also served as city judge for McMinnville for five years in addition to her law practice.
“For the past 16 years, I have been a member of the law firm of Galligan & Newman where I have been proud to represent the people of Warren County in all types of civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee,” Marttala said. “I have been fortunate to have seen law practice from many perspectives including defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, plaintiff’s attorney and municipal judge.”
“I enjoy researching and applying the law to different factual situations and I would work hard to be a fair and impartial judge,” Marttala said.
Mr. Marttala is general counsel and a senior vice president with First National Bank in McMinnville. Together they have three children, Shelby, a college freshman, Will, a high school senior, and Lilly, a high school freshman. They are members of First Presbyterian Church where she has led Sunday School classes and has been part of the handbell choir.
“I am involved in community service and have enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Rotary Club and the Rotary District Interact Chairman,” Marttala said. “It would be an honor to serve the people of Warren County as General Sessions Judge. I would appreciate your support at the ballot box in August.”