A Charleston County judge is in the running for a South Carolina Court of Appeals seat.

Circuit Judge Stephanie McDonald is up against four other candidates hoping to fill seat seven of the appeals court. Among the other candidates: Family Court Judge Rochelle Contis, of Greer; Blake Alexander Hewitt, of Conway; Circuit Judge David Garrison Hill, of Greenville; and Circuit Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen, of Hilton Head Island.

McDonald was elected in February 2011 to circuit seat nine. She most recently served a term as the chief administrative judge for Charleston and Berkeley counties.

Prior to her judgeship, McDonald worked for 17 years in civil litigation and apellate law in Charleston.

A public hearing for the state's Judicial Merit Selection Commission is scheduled for April 28. The commission screens candidates for judicial office and reports its findings to the General Assembly, which elects judges.

The election by the state's House of Representatives and Senate will take place on May 28.

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