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August 23, 2017 

County Judge Christopher Kelly Launches Re-Election Bid

Volusia County, FL – Volusia County Court Judge Christopher “Chris” Kelly has announced his intention to run for re-election. He made the announcement at a gathering of friends and supporters, many of whom were actively engaged in his successful 2012 election.

“County Court is the people’s court,” said Kelly. “It has been an honor to serve on the bench – and in many ways it has given me a greater appreciation for the community in which I was born and raised. With your support and that of the voters, I look forward to continuing to serve.”

Kelly was elected a Volusia County Court Judge in 2012 with a solid 63 percent of the vote in what began as a crowded field. 

“Judge Kelly’s background and life experiences made him a particularly well-qualified candidate,” said Dr. Jeff Parks, who owns a local medical dermatology practice. Parks was an active volunteer on Kelly’s inaugural campaign and is assuming a leadership role in the re-election campaign. 

Kelly’s academic resume includes degrees from Father Lopez High School, Daytona Beach Community College, Florida State University and the University of Florida College of Law.  He served as a managing assistant state attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases. He also spent time handling cases in the drug and domestic violence units. 

Kelly was recently appointed the administrative county court judge for Volusia County. Active in judicial service outside of the courtroom, he holds leadership roles with the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida.

"Judge Kelly has not only served with distinction as our Volusia County Judge, he has an impressive record of community involvement and service,” said Jim Rose, a local attorney who has been particularly active in community, business and government affairs throughout his career.                         

Some of Kelly’s community involvement includes volunteering on the Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee and the Basilica of St. Paul Finance Committee. He also has served on the Daytona Beach Leadership Council, Daytona Housing Authority Commission, Father Lopez High School Board of Education, Daytona Beach Track Club Board of Directors and Komen Race for the Cure Committee. 

“It is hard to imagine someone better suited to serve in a role that is so important to our community,” Rose said. “He is dedicated to his family. The example set by his parents during his father’s service as mayor of Daytona Beach and thereafter had a profound impact on his commitment to serving the community. His continued service on the bench is vital to our local judiciary and the community it serves.”

The election for the Volusia County Court Judge, Group 4 seat is Aug. 28, 2018.