A Message From Beth

When I entered the race for Place One on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals back in April, November 4th seemed so far away.  Now, almost seven months, one Primary election, and one Runoff election later, it’s just days away.  I am humbly asking for your support and your vote in the November 4th General Election.

I made the decision to run for the Court of Criminal Appeals because I believe that Alabama citizens deserve to have qualified and experienced judges on the appellate courts.  I have 24 years of legal experience, covering virtually every area of the law.  However, I believe that my background in criminal and appellate law makes me particularly well-suited for service on the Court of Criminal Appeals.  As an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Criminal Appeals division, I represented the State of Alabama before the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. 

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While in private practice, I represented individuals in both civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts, as well as assisting in the defense of the State of Alabama in various federal lawsuits.  Additionally, I have served as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court, working with judges on a day-to-day basis as they strive to apply the law fairly and impartially in every case before them I am the only candidate in the race for Place 1 who has worked as a prosecutor, as a defense counsel, and who has assisted appellate judges in writing appellate decisions – the very job I would perform if elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals.  Place One – the seat I am seeking – is currently  held by Judge H.W. “Bucky” McMillan, who is retiring after 24 years of service to the people of Alabama.  Given the loss of Judge McMillan’s years of judicial experience, it is particularly important to elect an individual who will be ready for the job from day one.  Because I have had experience in every aspect of criminal law, no on-the-job training will be required.

During the past several weeks, I had the honor to participate in the Hometown Connection Bus Tour, where I had the opportunity to visit each of Alabama’s 67 counties and some 106 hometowns.  I got to meet many wonderful people and tell them about my qualifications.  More importantly, I  had an opportunity to hear their concerns about our Court system.  Too many times, candidates limit themselves to 30-second advertisements on television or radio, depriving voters of the right to put a face with a name.  Other times, candidates limit their appearances to big cities like Birmingham, Mobile, or Montgomery.  Because I grew up in a small town, I felt it particularly important to visit smaller towns – where most Alabamians live.  The beauty of our democracy is that one vote counts exactly the same – whether it comes from a voter in Andalusia, Cullman, Birmingham, or one of the numerous other hometowns in Alabama  – and I need every one of your votes.

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to fully explore my website.  You’ll find links to a number of newspaper articles about my campaign.  I’ve also been honored to receive the endorsement of several newspapers and other organizations.  You’ll find these on my website, as well.

Please remember to get out and vote on November 4th.  The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. 

Thank you for your support and prayers.  They’ve meant so much to me. 




Paid for by Beth Kellum Campaign/P.O. Box 6181/Montgomery, Al. 36106