Kelly: “As a prosecutor and victims advocate, my entire career has been dedicated to protecting families and children”

Fort Gratiot, Mich. – Today, Mary Kelly announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination to the Michigan Supreme Court. Mary Kelly has served over 30 years as a highly-respected and award winning St. Clair County Prosecutor. In addition, she has served in private practice before the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals and currently serves as the St. Clair County Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem. In this role, Mary represents the children of neglect abuse cases in St. Clair County.

Over her career, from leading the St. Clair County Prosecutors Office Criminal Sexual Conduct Unit focusing on sexual and physical abuse to prosecuting those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Mary Kelly has been steadfast champion of the rights of victims. Mary successfully prosecuted the first Drunk Driving/Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol causing Death case in St. Clair County.

Mary Kelly said, “As a prosecutor and victims advocate, my entire career has been dedicated to protecting families and children. I will continue to be committed to common-sense, rule-of-law principles which give everyone in Michigan equal justice under the law. Being a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court is a role which demands focus, responsibility, civility and respect. It would be a privilege to succeed Justice Markman on the Michigan Supreme Court.”

I have spent a career in the courtroom and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that judges should interpret the laws according to how they are written by the legislature, not according to how judges wish they were written. Judges are supposed to interpret the laws; they are not supposed to write the law. This simple act gives all of us a judicial system we can count on where everyone is afforded the opportunity for equal justice and fairness in the courtroom.”

Mary Kelly is seeking an eight year term beginning January 2021. She now proceeds to the Republican State Convention in August and if nominated, will run on the non-partisan section of the ballot in November.

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