YORKVILLE – To Dennis Anderson, the Democratic candidate for the 14th Congressional District, the most critical issue facing the nation is getting Americans back to work.
That, he told citizens gathered at a town hall meeting Tuesday, will indirectly affect the debt and deficit, which “need to be addressed.”
Anderson, 61, spoke and answered questions from a few dozen people, including students from a high school history class, at the Hampton Inn in Yorkville.
Topics included health care, climate change, jobs and what Anderson thinks he needs to do to beat Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren in November.
“For everybody to get out and vote,” Anderson said.
Anderson, a retired cancer research support director from Gurnee, said the country’s in trouble.
“I am here because I’m angry,” he said. “I’m afraid where this country is going.”
The country needs to stop putting off infrastructure improvements, he said. Not only would it create jobs, but delaying the work will make it cost more in the future.
He doesn’t support funding cuts to such items as school lunches and food stamps while the wealthy continue to get tax breaks, he said.
There isn’t one solution to fixing the debt and deficit, Anderson said. He said there must be a combination of solutions.
“We can’t cut our way out of it,” Anderson said. “Neither can we tax our way out of it.”
Believing climate change is happening, Anderson said America needs to cut back and reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. He sees potential in wind energy.
“The opportunity this district has to build wind farms is tremendous,” Anderson said.
The 14th District covers all of McHenry County besides Algonquin Township, much of Kane and Kendall counties, eastern DeKalb County, two swaths of Lake County and slivers of DuPage and Will counties.