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With a work ethic forged growing up in a small family business, Pace’s Department Store, she will be a tireless advocate for her constituents.

Born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, Kelly earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a Razorback cheerleader.

She earned her law degree from UALR and soon went to work as a deputy prosecutor. Her focus on protecting children is demonstrated in her numerous appointments as an attorney ad litem (representing children) in abuse and neglect cases.

In the late nineties after working in private practice, Kelly was called to public service in Governor Mike Huckabee’s administration. During that time she served as a criminal justice advisor and helped draft and pass legislation to strengthen the criminal justice system. She served two terms on the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence and was appointed by Governor Huckabee to a seven-year term on the Arkansas Board of Corrections.

She returned to Governor Huckabee’s staff at the conclusion of his administration to serve as chief legal counsel. Kelly has also served as a Special Judge for Circuit Court Judges in Pulaski County.

Her commitment to public service is matched by a deep commitment to family and community. Kelly is married to Brad Eichler and has two sons, Alex and Max, both of whom attend their local neighborhood elementary school, Forest Park Elementary, where Kelly serves as the president of the PTA. The family attends Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

Forest Park Elementary wins Arkansas PTA Outstanding Unit of the Year.