A retired health researcher making his first run at public office on Tuesday night appeared to have earned the right to face Randy Hultgren, a Republican seeking another term in the 14th Congressional District.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Dennis Anderson garnered 74 percent of votes compared to 26 percent for Jonathan Farnick of Woodstock, according to unofficial results.
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The Gurnee Democrat will now face Hultgren in the Nov. 7 election for a 2-year term.
"I am very concerned about average people," said Anderson, who campaigned saying he wanted to help people and wasn't looking to make a career out of politics.
"My concern is 25 percent of the children in the country are living in poverty, 50 million people don't have health insurance. These issues are not being addressed in Washington. It should be part of the conversation. It's not and it should be," Anderson added.
In addition to fighting poverty, Anderson also said his priorities were creating jobs in the district, along with improving roads and infrastructure.
Farnick said he wanted to reduce the mushrooming federal deficit, ensure civil liberties are not infringed upon, create jobs and protect the environment.
The heavily Republican district recently was redrawn and now includes Kane, DuPage, DeKalb, Will, Lake, McHenry, Kendall, Whiteside, Lee and Bureau counties.