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Anderson for 14th District, Congress

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

The 14th Congressional District was reshaped to include parts of seven suburban counties stretching from northeastern Lake to portions of Will and Kendall counties. The two Democratic candidates, Jonathan Farnick and Dennis Anderson, understand the economic diversity within the new district, and both give high priority to ensuring relief to its people who are hurting financially. Indeed, each gives the impression he is ready to work in a bipartisan way to improve the economy.

Farnick, a computer consultant from Woodstock who waged write-in campaigns twice against former Congresswoman Melissa Bean, says he did so to give voters a choice. His passion for fixing the country's woes is clear.

But our endorsement goes to Anderson, a retired public health researcher from Gurnee, who describes the problems facing 14th District residents thoughtfully and articulately. His goal would be to work with others in the Illinois delegation, regardless of party, to boost small business and rebuild a robust economy locally. Though a newcomer to politics, Anderson has a history of community involvement and has served on a variety of boards that connect him to local leaders. He is the stronger choice to serve the district.

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