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Anderson to make second bid for seat

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – In announcing Sunday that he will once again run for the 14th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, Gurnee Democrat Dennis Anderson said Congress remains broken.

“As was the case two years ago, we have a Congress that doesn’t work,” Anderson said during his remarks at the Filling Station Pub and Grill in downtown St. Charles. “The House, in particular, is broken. Our opponents are people who, if faced with only two choices in reducing the deficit, either to ask a little more of those who have much or to take from those who have little, they will choose the latter.”

Hultgren has not formally announced whether he will seek a third term.

Anderson made his announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2014 in conjunction with a fundraising picnic by the Kane County Democrats organization. The 14th district is comprised of seven suburban counties, including Kane, DuPage, DeKalb, Will, McHenry, Lake and Kendall.

Anderson lost to Hultgren last November by 53,252 votes. Hultgren was first elected to Congress in 2011, and had previously been an Illinois senator and representative.

Anderson, who had not previously sought public office before his run in 2012, said Congress needs to do more to improve the economy.

Anderson said he supports President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, which includes much needed infrastructure improvements.

“It will meet immediate needs and will create jobs,” Anderson said.

Kane County Democrats Chairman Mark Guethle said Anderson represents issues that he believes in, such as job creation.

“I think that people are upset with Washington now and with the lack of progress,” Guethle said.

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