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.