Month: September 2020

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Supports Mary Kelly for Michigan Supreme Court

September 14, 2020 – The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced today its support for Mary Kelly for the Michigan Supreme Court.

In a release, Arny Rodriguez, Michigan Chamber Political Action Committee Chair and President and CEO, Technical Professional Services, Inc. said “Michigan Chamber members are focused on electing candidates who will ensure Michigan has a fair and balanced Supreme Court. With so many important and complicated issues coming before the Court, voters need confidence that those ruling on precedent-setting cases are dedicated public servants’ whose only intent is to be fair and impartial.”

Mary Kelly said, “I am humbled and grateful to earn the support of the Chamber of Commerce. I believe in the rule of law and equal justice under the law for all those who come before the Court. These principles are the foundation which allow us all to have confidence in our system of jurisprudence.”

“A stable, predictable legal climate is a key factor in Michigan’s economic competitiveness,” said Rich Studley, President and CEO of Michigan Chamber. “At the Michigan Chamber, we know from experience that job providers can win a public policy battle in the legislature only to lose the war in court.”

Majority Of County Prosecutors Support Mary Kelly For Supreme Court Justice

As I continue to travel through Michigan, I am humbled by the support for my candidacy for Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.  As an assistant County prosecutor for over 30 years, my career has been dedicated to protecting children and advocating for families.  I am proud to announce that a majority of County prosecutors support my candidacy for the Michigan Supreme Court. They are: 

  1. Alcona County Prosecutor Tom Weichel (R)
  2. Allegan County Prosecutor Myrene Koch (R)
  3. Antrim County Prosecutor Jim Rossiter (R)
  4. Baraga County Prosecutor Joe O’Leary (R)
  5. Benzie County Prosecutor Sara Swanson (R)
  6. Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic (R)
  7. Branch County Prosecutor Val White (R)
  8. Calhoun County Prosecutor Dave Gilbert (R)
  9. Cass County Prosecutor Vic Fitz (R)
  10. Charlevoix County Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof (R)
  11. Clinton County Prosecutor Chuck Sherman (R)
  12. Crawford County Prosecutor Sierra Koch (R)
  13. Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner (R)
  14. Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards (R)
  15. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd (R)
  16. Emmet County Prosecutor James Linderman (R)
  17. Gladwin County Prosecutor Aaron Miller (R)
  18. Gogebic County Prosecutor Nick Jacobs (D)
  19. Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion (R)
  20. Hillsdale County Prosecutor Neal Brady (R)
  21. Huron County Tim Rutkowski (R)
  22. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler (R)
  23. Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell (D)
  24. Isabella County Prosecutor David Barberi (R)
  25. Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzinka (R)
  26. Klakaska County Prosecutor Mike Perrault (R)
  27. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker (R)
  28. Leelanau County Prosecutor Joe Hubbell (R)
  29. Lenawee County Prosecutor Burke Castleberry (R)
  30. Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailencourt (R)
  31. Mackinac County Prosecutor Stuart Spencer (R)
  32. Manistee County Prosecutor Jason Haag (R)
  33. Mecosta County Prosecutor Brian Thiede (R)
  34. Menominee County Prosecutor Jeff Rogg (R)
  35. Midland County Prosecutor J Dee Brooks (R)
  36. Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause (R)
  37. Osceola County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac (R)
  38. Ottawa County Prosecutor Ron Frantz (R)
  39. Sanilac County Prosecutor Jim Young (R)
  40. Schoolcraft County Prosecutor Tim Noble (R)
  41. St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling (R)
  42. Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene (R)
  43. Van Buren County Prosecutor Mike Bedford (R)
  44. Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore (R)

I strongly believe that justices should implement the rule of law where they interpret and apply the law as written by the legislature. I am honored by the support I am gaining and hope I can earn your vote. To find out more, go to www.marykellyforjustice.com.

Sincerely,

Mary Kelly

Former St. Clair County Prosecutor gets Republican nomination for Michigan Supreme Court

By Laura FitzgeraldPort Huron Times Herald

Mary Kelly, a former St. Clair County prosecutor, has been nominated by the Michigan Republican Party for the Michigan Supreme Court. 

“Thank you to the Michigan Republican party delegates and activists who nominated me this weekend to run for Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. I am honored and humbled and will work hard to win this November,” Kelly said on her Facebook campaign page Sunday, following the convention on Aug. 29 and 30.  

She is vying for two open seats. Justice Stephen Markman cannot seek re-election because the Michigan Constitution bars candidates 70 or older from being elected or appointed. Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who was nominated by the Michigan Democratic Party, is seeking re-election.

Other candidates running for the seats are Brock Swartzle, who was also nominated at the Republican convention for the position; Democrat Elizabeth Welch; Libertarians Kerry Morgan and Katherine Nepton; and Green Party candidate Susan Hubbard.

All Supreme Court candidates will be on the non-partisan section of the November ballot. 

Kelly is currently St. Clair County’s guardian ad litem, where she represents the children of neglect and abuse cases and assess their needs and desires prior to court hearings.

She was appointed to the position in April 2019. She is the wife of St. Clair County Chief Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kelly. 

Mary Kelly, right, then-working as an assistant prosecuting attorney, looks over evidence bags during a trial in 2015 in the courtroom of Judge Cynthia Lane. Kelly was nominated by the Michigan Republican Party for Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

She served in the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office for 30 years, where she started and led the criminal sexual conduct unit. The unit tried all physical and sexual abuse cases against children and minors. She also prosecuted felony cases involving murder, robbery, assault, controlled substances and financial crime cases, according to her campaign website. 

Kelly also served in private practice as a general practitioner, with emphasis on domestic matters, civil litigation and criminal matters.

Kelly’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.