Democrat Dennis Anderson, of Gurnee, has announced he will run for Congress in the newly-redrawn 14th Congressional District. Anderson faces former McHenry alderman Frank McClatchey, also a Democrat, in the primary election.
Anderson said he decided to run for office because he is as frustrated as many others by the current climate in Washington.
"People are struggling just to make ends meet, but many in Congress have apparently decided that it is more important to score partisan points," Anderson said. "It should be about putting people first."
Anderson thinks job creation and deficit reduction are critical to economic recovery. He blames the Republican-controlled House for failing to address these issues.
Anderson spent his career in public health and is on the Board of Directors of the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Board of the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County.
Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren still doesn't know whether he'll be facing Congressman Joe Walsh, who currently represents the 8th District. With the new map, Walsh lives outside the 8th and has hinted he may run against Hultgren in the new 14th District.
NBC Chicago reports Walsh still hasn't announced what he'll do. Walsh has been conducting town hall meetings in the 14th District.
The new 14th congressional district includes McHenry County and parts of Kane, DuPage, Kendall, Lake and Will counties.