Candidate says experience in management needed for judge's position
Christopher Kelly, 43
Managing Assistant State Attorney
Q. What do you see as the biggest issue for the office you are seeking?
A. The overarching concern for our local courts deals with budget constraints balanced against the need to move a large volume of cases through the system in a fair, but efficient manner. Delays in the resolution of cases create additional burdens on the system and added expense to litigants.
Q. What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
A. A broad background in law, business and community involvement have prepared me for this office. In 17 years as an attorney, I served as public information officer for the state attorney, assistant general counsel for the Florida League of Cities, a partner in a civil law practice, and currently manage more than 20 prosecutors.
Q. If you win, what's the first issue you will tackle?
A. I will look for efficiencies in the management of caseloads. As a manager, I have enjoyed success in re-structuring selected processes in case management and will look for such opportunities in our courts. Anything that facilitates more timely resolution of cases and fewer delays will be identified, analyzed and advanced.
Q. If you lose, will you continue in politics?
A. Serving as a judge is my highest career calling as an attorney. I see this endeavor as a natural progression in my call to community service and I will continue on with my commitment of service to this community regardless of the outcome of this election.