“We need more voices of reason like Matt in Congress,” says Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11)
Montgomery, IL – Today, Matt Brolley announced that he will be a Democratic candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 14th District. Brolley, a civil engineer and the current mayor of Montgomery, will focus on healthcare, infrastructure, and jobs for the middle class.
“We all know Washington, D.C. is broken,” said Brolley. “I’ve spent my professional life building and fixing things. So if you want to build a better Washington, D.C., maybe it’s time to send an engineer.”
After interning at Argonne National Labs and graduating from North Central College in Naperville, Brolley worked for over a decade as a civil engineer, focusing on land development, storm water and drinking water projects . He was twice elected Mayor of his home town of Montgomery, where he invested in roads and infrastructure, cut property taxes, improved the village’s water system, saved money by consolidating 911 operations and added police officers.
“I know the middle class is being crushed because taxes are too high, and good paying jobs are too hard to find. I think about people like my in-laws. My mother in-law is a custodian and my father in-law works in a quarry. They, like a lot of people, work very hard,” said Brolley. “And all they want is to come home at the end of the day, be able to pay their bills, support their family, and have a little bit extra to relax and enjoy their free time.”
Brolley also announced the endorsement of Congressman Bill Foster, the only PhD scientist in Congress. “We need more voices of reason like Matt in Congress,” said Foster. “His background as an engineer will serve our country well, and I know he can help tackle the real issues that families face.”
Brolley criticized the district’s current Congressman, Randy Hultgren. “On the issues that affect people’s everyday lives, Congressman Hultgren is silent at best, or an accomplice in some of Trump’s terrible policies at worst,” said Brolley. “My friends and neighbors go to work every day, try to save for their kid’s college, join the church group, and coach little league. They are the soul of this country. They built this country. And it’s time they were listened to in the rooms where decisions are made.”
About Matt Brolley
Matt Brolley grew up in the Boulder Hill part of Montgomery, Illinois that was built for families who would work in the Caterpillar plant. He knows the middle class is getting crushed and is running for Congress to put his experience as a civil engineer and mayor to work building a stronger country and fixing our biggest challenges.
Matt learned early on the value of hard work. His mother worked nights to put herself thru college to become a teacher, and kept second jobs even after attaining her teaching position to help make ends meet. His father was a bus driver and brick layer before landing a job as a field agent for an insurance company. In the third grade, Matt got his very first job as a paper boy delivering the Beacon News.
After interning at Argonne National Labs and graduating from North Central College in Naperville, Matt called every civil engineer he could find in the phone book. Only one returned his call, and he worked there for nearly a decade, working on land development, storm water and drinking water projects.
After seeing too much extremism and not enough common sense in his home town of Montgomery, Matt decided to run for Mayor. He knocked on nearly 1,000 doors and became Mayor in 2013. As Mayor, Matt worked with Democrats and Republicans on the village board to support a sales tax referendum to pay for more investments in roads and other infrastructure, and offset that with a 15% property tax rebate for at least five years, because property taxes are one of the biggest burdens on middle class families. He invested in and improved the village’s water system, saved money by consolidating 911 operations regionally and added police officers.
Now Matt is running for Congress to put his background to work building a better Illinois, and a better America. That starts with a focus on the middle class to bring back good jobs, and tax cuts for struggling families, not the wealthy or big corporations. And Matt wants to fix the health care system and invest in infrastructure to keep America strong and provide more good jobs.
Matt lives in Montgomery with his wife and two children who always find time to enjoy the Fox River either by kayaking, fishing or walking the trails.