Sean Patrick Kelly
Democratic candidate for Cook County Circuit (6th Subcircuit (Chevere Vacancy district)
Responses to our questions
Please submit an essay that explains your legal background, why you are qualified for this position and why you seek this position.
In my current position, I am in court on a daily basis, arguing motions or presenting evidence at trial. I am constantly preparing and evaluating my cases for trial with law enforcement, civilian witnesses, and expert witnesses. I primarily handle high-level narcotics offenses, but my caseload also includes murder, armed robbery, and felony DUIs. I believe I am qualified to serve as judge because of my legal and life experiences. I have been an Assistant State's Attorney for DuPage County for 10 years and in that position I have gained extensive trial experience. I have also learned the use of common sense, compassion, and the need for honesty at all times.
As a husband and father, I have learned how to manage my time and to be more tolerant. Finally, I have two years experience dealing with compliance and filing dates which has helped me prepare the skills necessary to successfully run a courtroom.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
I am a first-generation American. When I was in High School, I worked as a dishwasher, and in college I installed street signs and repaired potholes.