Who is Ryan Mellor?
- Ryan has been a professional firefighter for 12 years.
- He is a proud father of five children and happily married to his wife Angie.
- He loves to camp, fish, and spend time with his family.
- A Utah native born and raised.
- Ryan studied Accounting at SUU.
- Ryan has been an advocate for Utah Workers and the Middle Class.
- A Moderate who stands for Utah's working families.
- A man who believes that public service is a way of life.
- Someone who will introduce openness and accountability to State Government.
Ryan Mellor for State Representative
"I think that people have been waiting for a change for some time. And this year change is in the wind."
Why I am Running:
A few years ago I was asked to volunteer my time up on Capitol Hill to represent the Fire Service during the legislative session. I have been doing it ever since and I have enjoyed it. But while I have been up there, I have noticed that the tone set by our majority leaders has taken a definite turn.
I have noticed a lot of double speak. For instance, on the one hand they say that they don't think that Washington D.C. has any business telling Utah what to do. I can respect that. In fact, I agree. But in the next breath, they will turn around and tell some community here in our state what to do. Normally this happens when some community dares to pass and ordinance that upsets one of their special interest friends with a lot of money.
This prompted me to take a good hard look at our own district. I have known my opponent since he was first elected to the legislature. I know him to be a nice guy and I have a lot of respect for him. But I also found that we have some large areas of disagreement, especially when it comes to the role of government. I view government the same way I do fire. If it is used for good then it is a good thing. However, if you let it get out of hand it is a very bad thing. Government is the will of the people put into action. That's all.
Walking the District:
I have been walking the district. You really don't have any idea just how big your district is until you start walking the neighborhoods. Actually, this is the part of the campaign that I am enjoying the most. This is the chance to really get out and connect with people. I was a little apprehensive at first because I wasn't sure how our message would be taken, but I have to say that it has gone better than I could have hoped.
It seems that a lot of people are upset this year. What I've found is that most people are really turned off by the "leadership" on Capitol Hill. I know that was a big decider for me to run. The message I have been taking door to door, is that government needs to be responsive to what we the people want. What has been coming from Capitol Hill for some time now is a sense that they know what's best and if we don't agree then they didn't sell it right. There is a definite disconnect between the leadership on the Hill and the voters of our district.
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely:
They say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well I don't know how you could have more absolute power than the legislators on the hill have had. They are veto proof and they know it. No one has the power to tell them NO! There needs to be a counter weight to bring some sort of balance to the equation. Then they would have to stop for a minute and think about what they are doing.
I have been hearing the people of the 15th District talking about the need for a change and I think they have been waiting for it for some time. This year I feel like change is in the wind. This is the year that we stand up and take back our state government. This is the year that we hold those who represent us accountable for what they do in our name. We have an opportunity to swing the pendulum back to the "Common Sense Range". Regardless of party, there needs to be communication and a willingness to work together for the good of the people of this state, and not just a few select special interests. This is the year and together, we are making it happen.