No doubt Judge Elliott’s most ardent supporter is his wife, Kelly. Kelly Anne (Christopher) Elliott and Brent were united in marriage on April 7, 2018, following a 5½-year engagement. The small service, officiated by longtime friend Kyle White, included a song written specially for Kelly by the Judge. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, while still in their wedding attire, the Judge and Kelly attended fundraising events for Clinton County Law Enforcement and Emergency Service Providers in Lathrop and the Clinton County Historical Society in Plattsburg.
Kelly is not a newcomer to the election process. She first entered public service at the age of 18 as deputy county clerk for Livingston County. In 1990, Kelly became the youngest elected official in Livingston County history when she bested a field of four candidates to become County Clerk. She served in that capacity for 20 years and in 2008, was elected by her peers as President of the Missouri County Clerk’s Association. Kelly became one of Missouri’s foremost election authorities and was appointed to numerous statewide boards and committees by both Republican and Democratic state officials.
In 2010, Kelly was elected unopposed as Livingston County’s Recorder of Deeds and re-elected in 2014. Earlier this year she announced her impending marriage and indicated she would not seek re-election. She will conclude her career as one of Livingston County’s longest serving public officials (34 years) and join Judge Elliott on his farm near Stewartsville upon completion of her term this year.
Here is a song that Judge Elliott wrote for Kelly for their wedding day.
Kelly has three children and nine grandchildren. Her son, Ashton and his wife Tammie have five children: Kayla, Tyler and Haley Lewis and Braden and Bentley Christopher. Her son Brent and his wife Tiffany have one daughter, Rylee. Kelly’s daughter, Kaley and her husband Ben Holmes have three children: Keagan and Kelton Laffey and Bentley Holmes.