ELBURN – Dennis Anderson, the Democratic challenger for the 14th Congressional District seat, on Tuesday met with a small but engaged group of people during a town hall stop in Elburn.
For 90 minutes Anderson of Gurnee listened to 14 Kane County residents and answered their questions at the Town & Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., in Elburn. The meeting was part of Anderson’s larger town hall meeting tour that was last in the area in June in St. Charles.
Anderson said he wanted to hold town hall meetings across the 14th District so he could have public, in-person exchanges with various residents. He mentioned twice during the event that he’s running to represent everyone in the district.
“I’m running because I don’t think Congress is representing anybody right now,” Anderson said during the town hall. “We need to have someone who’s willing to engage in meaningful discussions.”
He said there are congressmen out there willing to work across party lines and that if elected he will work with them with civility, something he said is currently lacking in Washington.
Everyone wants the same things, such as being able to send children to good schools, Anderson said.
Carol Green of Elburn identified with Anderson’s comment about common needs and wants among residents during the town hall meeting. This was the first time she was able to see Anderson speak in person and she plans to vote for him in the November election.
Green said incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, has not done anything in his two terms that would positively affect her. She said that his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have a negative impact on her and her husband.
“I would love to have some debates, but there are none scheduled at present,” Anderson said.
Ideally there would be debates scheduled with Hultgren in every county in the district, Anderson said.
Among the various issues that Anderson spoke about Tuesday was jobs and the economy. Anderson said the economic recovery has mostly affected the top earners but has not been felt on Main Street.
There needs to be a meaningful jobs bill and improved infrastructure, Anderson said.