CARLINVILLE – Aaron Bellm of Carlinville has filed his petition seeking the Democratic nomination for election as Macoupin County States Attorney.
Aaron is a lifelong resident of Carlinville and is the son of the late Darrell Bellm and Karen Bellm. He completed his undergraduate education at Illinois State University and Quincy University, then went on to obtain his law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas Cooley Law School in 2006.
After graduating from law school, Aaron moved back home to Macoupin County and began practicing law. His legal career began as an associate with Phelps, Kasten, Ruyle, Burns, and Sims PC. Aaron quickly became a partner in that same firm in 2010.
In 2015, Aaron left the firm and opened his own law practice, the Bellm Law Firm. He has also served as public guardian and public administrator for Macoupin County, having been appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate.
Throughout his legal career, Aaron has devoted his time to defending the interests of small business owners, farmers, families, children, and the elderly. He consistently devotes over 85 percent of his practice to litigation. Aaron has prosecuted civil cases and served as criminal defense counsel.
His desire to practice law was always founded upon his desire to help serve his community and the farmers, small businesses, and families of Macoupin and the surrounding counties.
Aaron believes his business expertise, and his experience practicing outside the Macoupin County courthouse, are assets. As the only outside candidate, he is the best equipped to change the current office culture and administration of justice in the county.
He intends to restore confidence and communications with law enforcement, leverage new technologies to streamline communications with victims and their families, thoroughly review cold cases, encourage the enactment of mental health courts and veterans’ courts, revisit truancy enforcement efforts, and work with local law enforcement to combat the use of meth and drug-exposed babies, both of which continue to rise.
Aaron and his wife Deidra chose to return to Macoupin County not only to start their careers but also to begin their family. They are the proud parents of three boys.
Like many others, Aaron and Deidra chose to raise their children in Macoupin County because of the excellent school districts, low cost of living, and safe neighborhoods. But the safety of our neighborhoods is under constant attack with the rises in meth use and substance-exposed babies. Macoupin County also has four pending murder cases open, and two more murder cases unsolved.
For more information on Aaron Bellm, his platform for change in the administration of justice, or how to support his campaign, visit his website at www.bellmforstatesattorney.com or his Facebook page. Aaron encourages everyone to Vote for Change, Vote for Bellm!