13th Dist. Democratic Primary
6:31 am
Wed July 24, 2013

UIUC Physics Professor Joins 13th Dist. Race

U of I Physics Professor and Congressional candidate George Gollin talks with Champaign Mayor Don Gerard at the Champaign County Fair Tuesday.
Credit Jeff Bossert, WILL/Illinois Public Radio

George Gollin says Congress has become a team of lawyers that disputes facts, and that’s why he’s running for office.

The UIUC physics professor launched his campaign Tuesday for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.

Gollin told supporters at the Champaign County Fair that Congress needs to return to a time when party differences were set aside. 

Gollin will challenge retired judge Ann Callis in the March 2014 Democratic primary.

A first-time candidate, Gollin says he's not concerned that the Democratic National Campaign Committee appears to be backing his opponent:

“The first time that Rush Holt, who’s the older of the two physics PhD’s in Congress won an election for Congress he wasn’t the D-triple C’s candidate either.  His advice was – just don’t worry about D-triple-C.  Run a good race, learn how to be a candidate.”

The 60-year old Gollin has taught at the U of I for 24 years and says he wants to focus on jobs issues, clean energy, and care for the elderly.

13th District incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis faces Urbana attorney Erika Harold in the Republican primary.