4 months ago by Bob Gough
Rob Mellon is a history teacher and a veteran...and he wants to take on Aaron Schock
A Quincy man is circulating petitions to run for the United States House of Representatives.
Rob Mellon, a 42-year-old Army veteran and history teacher at Quincy High School, wants to run for Congress in the 18th District. The incumbent is Republican Aaron Schock of Peoria.
Mellon, a Democrat who threw his hat in the ring in the 17th District in 2006 following the retirement of Lane Evans, says he approached Schock’s office regarding an issue with pay for members of the U.S. Army Reserves during the recent government shutdown and was rebuffed.
“I recently contacted Representative Schock’s office regarding a pay issue for Army Reserve soldiers during the recent government shutdown,” Mellon said. “I talked to a staffer, but was basically ignored and that my concerns and my soldiers didn’t matter. The lack of responsiveness is an all too common theme for Congressman Schock’s constituents."
Mellon will be running in the upcoming March Democratic primary.
Mellon says he has about 600 signatures. He realizes it’s an uphill battle against a popular incumbent with a huge campaign warchest.
Mellon says he wants to focus on how Schock has filled that warchest, citing the congressman being the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation for misuse of campaign funds and illegally soliciting donations from a Super PAC.
“The growth of political privilege fed by millions of dollars in campaign contributions from lobbyists, millionaires, and special interest groups has shut out average hard working Americans from the political process,” Mellon said. “Our leaders should be responsive to those they are serving and not feeding at the political trough and Congressman Schock is one of the worst. If you want to speak to Congressman Schock you better bring your checkbook. Money is the only thing that can get his attention. All of our elected officials, have violated our most basic trust recently.”
Mellon said grass roots political action will anything change, and voting an Illinois congressman flushed with money, in one of the most protected gerrymandered districts in the country would send a strong message to the entire country.
“Whether you are Republican or Democrat my message to you is that we can’t keep electing the same people into office and expect a different outcome,” Mellon said. “The only way, the only way to change things is to vote the incumbent Washington insiders out of office no matter the party.”
BIOGRAPHY: Rob Mellon was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois. He is a 1989 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame and he earned a degree in History from Quincy University in 1993. Rob worked as an on-air personality for WQCY/WTAD until 1994. He joined the U.S. Army in 1994 working in the Military Intelligence field and attending the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey in California. He later became a commissioned officer in the Field Artillery after graduating from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Mellon’s military service includes time at Ft. Drum, NY with the 10thMountain Division, at Ft. Carson with the 3rdArmored Cavalry Regiment, at the Military Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, and a tour near the DMZ with the 2ndInfantry Division in Korea. After leaving active duty Rob transferred to the Illinois National Guard.
Rob became a small business owner and later a high school teacher. He has taught at Quincy Notre Dame and West Pike and he currently is in his 7th year at Quincy Senior High School where he teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History and Government.
Mellon has been active in the local community having served on the Lincoln Commission for the City of Quincy. He has done research on Abraham Lincoln for the commission and helped develop the “Slavery” exhibit at the Lincoln-Douglas Interpretive Center near Washington Park in Quincy –across from the Lincoln-Douglas debate site. Rob has a degree in History from QU, a Master’s degree in Education and a MBA, as well. He and his wife Patti live in Quincy with their three children sons Cruz and Connor and daughter Kennedy.
He is a member of St. Peter Parish in Quincy. You can follow Rob on Twitter at @mellon2014, on Facebook at Mellon for Congress or contact his campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.