Kelly Mims Announces Candidacy for Court of Appeals

Mims wants to take his life of service to the next step

TUPELO — Kelly Mims, an Iraq War veteran and North Mississippi native, officially announces his candidacy for the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Mims is a business owner in Lee County where he is a partner in the law firm of Mims and Logan. After starting his career working for T.K. Moffett in Tupelo, Mims later formed a partnership with his long time friend and Mayor of Sherman, Ben Logan. He also serves as one of the Lee County Public Defenders where he represents those who can’t afford an attorney. He says that his love of the justice system is what led him to seek the position on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

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“My legal career has been spent in the courtroom. Whether representing clients in family court, city and county courts or representing them in Circuit Court, I have handled just about every kind of case that appears before the Mississippi Court of Appeals,” Mims said. “I think it is important to have judges who have been in the courtroom and who have represented actual people and not just insurance companies.”

Mims was raised and educated in North Mississippi. From Plantersville, where he attended elementary and Jr. high school, he later attended Tupelo High School, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi State University and finally the University of Mississippi School of Law. “I suppose you can say I received the best education North Mississippi has to offer,” Mims said.

Mims has devoted his life to serving others. He serves his church, Northeast Church of Christ in Tupelo, as a Deacon. He serves his community as a Public Defender, serves his community as a Foster Parent and he has served his country as a 21-year military veteran.

Mims is a veteran of the U.S. Army, Mississippi Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was sent to Najaf to help the Iraqi people rebuild their government and was there during their first three Democratic elections. Today Mims is a Major in the Army Reserves and teaches an upper-level officer’s course. “As an officer in the United State’s Military, for 21 years I have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. This is something I take seriously and will continue to do so as your next Appellate Court Judge,” Mims said.

Mims and his and his wife, Lynn, have three children and make their home in the Palmetto Community in Southern Lee County. They are also serving as foster parents and currently have a child placed in their home.

“We decided to become foster parents because we saw a need in our community and felt that it was our duty to help where we could.” Mims said. “This experience has been a great blessing to us.”

Mims and his family are active members of the North Mississippi Home School Association and the Tupelo Running Club.

“I started running to get in shape and to stay healthy,” Mims said. “It’s become a passion and something that our entire family does. We’ve met a wonderful group of people, and now we run races together all over the area.”

Since qualifying for election earlier this year, Mims has traveled the district meeting voters, business leaders, law enforcement officers and members of the legal community.

“The reaction has been humbling to me,” Mims said. “I’ve received endorsements and support of district attorneys, sheriffs, supervisors, doctors, business owners and educators. To meet so many good people and have them tell me they are supporting me is something special.”

Mims said his various life experiences have taught him the importance of following rules and the law, a commitment he will take to the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

“Our judges should follow and apply the law, not create it based on personal opinions,” Mims said. “I’ve always followed that example, whether in following Christ, being a soldier in war or in raising a family with my wife. I’ll follow that example on the Mississippi Court of Appeals as well.”