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      Quincy teacher sets sights on Congress

      Quincy-native Rob Mellon announced his candidacy for the Illinois 18th Congressional District this week.

      A Quincy high school teacher thinks he's got what it takes to unseat Congressman Aaron Schock.

      Quincy-native Rob Mellon announced his candidacy for the Illinois 18th Congressional District this week.

      The 42-year-old Democrat looks to challenge Schock in the November 2014 election. Schock has held the post since 2009.

      Mellon says his primary goal is to stop the cycle of endless campaign spending and put more focus on taking action and holding political leaders accountable. He hopes to bring more attention back to Adams County, which he feels is a largely-ignored political area in recent years.

      "There is nobody who will represent this city more - this is my hometown," Mellon said.

      "I think it's about time that we have somebody focused on Quincy, not coming here just to get a few checks in a campaign trail and then leave and not come back and not be focused on what affects us right here in Adams County and Quincy," he added.

      Mellon is a history teacher at Quincy High School and a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.

      The primary election for the congressional seat will be held in March.

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