Who am I?

Dennis Anderson wants to put people first in Congress. In fact, he has devoted his entire career putting people first. After obtaining a Political Science / Economics degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dennis worked for the UW Cancer Research Center investigating the causes of breast cancer. In 1996, Dennis moved to Illinois and went to work for the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Loyola University.

There he assisted researchers in locating and obtaining funding critical to their life saving research.

Even in retirement, Dennis has continued to dedicate his life to others. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County, Illinois.

Why am I running?

I began to attend town hall forums put on by Joe Walsh and became frustrated with the crippling effect that political talking points were having on solving our most important issues. Then Joe Walsh backed out of the new district and I realized the Randy Hultgren had the same voting record as Joe Walsh. To me, this was an unacceptable choice.

My Goals

My top two goals in my first year in Congress are:

1.) Establish mobile/satellite offices which enable constituent access throughout the district, and
2.) Work with senior members of the House to ensure that jobs come back to the district.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign has definitely been powered by the people and is in stark contrast to my opponent who has received over 90% of his contributions from large dollar contributors. My campaign has only asked and received money from low dollar contributors. We have, within a week, gathered more than fifteen volunteers from the community.

Voice support


  • Mary Lindblad, IL
  • Kathy Blair, IL
  • Terry Kappel
  • Joseph Galli, IL
  • Douglas Donnan, IL
  • William Malecki, IL
  • Susan Glad anderson, IL
  • Judith Gottlieb, IL
  • Jennifer Blauw
  • Erica M, IL
...and 9 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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