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Meet David

Candidate for the 5th Judicial Subcircuit

My name is David L. Kelly and I am a judicial candidate for the 5th Judicial Subcircuit -- seeking to permanently fill the vacancy of the Honorable Rickey Jones.

I ask you for your vote.

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I was born and raised in the Englewood community before my family was forced to move due to the crime and drugs in our surrounding area. My single parent mother moved me and my sister to the southwest suburbs where I attended middle and high school. After attending the University of Minnesota, I enrolled at Chicago-Kent College of Law and graduated in 2001.

For the past 16 years, I have practiced law here in Chicago. I began my legal career at the Cook County State’s Attorney as an Assistant State’s Attorney where I served for more than 6 years. After leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office, I opened my own law firm in the Bronzeville area where I have worked for my community for the past 10 years.

My areas of practice are criminal defense and real estate, but I also handle, family law, personal injury, and housing matters. In both my public and private sector practices, I have handled hundreds of cases, resolving them through negotiations, bench and jury trials.

I am passionate about community and public service. I have served as a board member of the Cook County Bar Association and the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative, volunteered at legal aid clinics, established local block clubs, and acted as a mentor to several young people.

A Different Kind of Campaign

I would like to introduce myself to you by providing a glimpse of the person that I am. In doing so, I hope that you will agree that I am the type of person for whom you would proudly cast your vote for Judge.

I am a husband. I married my law school sweetheart Stephanie 14 years ago. She is my life partner and best friend. And although she is not one to boast, she is an accomplished lawyer in her own right.

I am a father to our wonderful 7-year old twin boys Ellison and Kingston. They are smart, generous, vibrant and kind young people. Despite my questionable little league coaching skills, they still think I’m cool. It is an honor to be their father.

I am a son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and cousin. My family has always been my rock. They have loved, shaped and guided me through life’s joys and struggles. They continue to challenge, push and pray for me. I am grateful for their love and faith in me.

I am a neighbor and friend. For my entire adult life, I have lived in Bronzeville, where my family has resided for over 100 years. Not only do I live in Bronzeville, I work, worship, patronize local businesses, plant trees, take family bike rides and enjoy an occasional party with my neighbors here. I know firsthand that good things grow on the Southside of Chicago.

Although these attributes may not make me unique, they do make me accountable, honest, compassionate, consistent and caring. I believe that each part of me contributes to how I advocate for my clients and importantly, with your support, how I would rule as a Judge from the bench.

As a young lawyer I prosecuted crime as a Cook County State’s Attorney. My job was address crime and achieve justice for victims. I took it as a point of personal pride to affect justice by competent and compassionate representation of the interests of the greater community.

In private practice I help clients with life’s critical transactions. I help my clients purchase their first homes, navigate the criminal justice system, resolve personal and business disputes, and plan for their future.

I believe that my background experience, both personal and professional, make me the right choice at the right time to serve as a Judge in our community. If you agree, on March 20, 2018 please vote for David L. Kelly for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, 5th Subcircuit.

  • The ultimate measure of a man(person) is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy.

    ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.