John B. Anderson returns home for Auman

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10-term Republican representative and independent presidential candidate holds reception for Democratic congressional candidate Oct. 13

In his 25 years since retiring from Congress, John B. Anderson has removed himself from politics in his old district. But now, he’s returning to Rockford for Dick Auman, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, in the 16th District.

Anderson encourages all those interested in meeting their former representative to attend a reception with former Sen. Adlai Stevenson III and former Rep. John Cox at Sam’s Ristorante at 6075 E. Riverside Blvd., from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 13. Appetizers are included in the $50 entry. To reserve a spot, call 777-2604. All proceeds benefit the Richard D. Auman for Congress Committee.

Anderson will be meeting the press in front of Memorial Hall in Rockford at 3 p.m. that day to call for a “new and different course for the nation” by electing Dick Auman to Congress. He also plans to visit family during his visit to his old home.

The 10-term Illinois Congressman served northern Illinois from 1961 to 1981, but is best known throughout the United States for his independent presidential bid in 1980, in which he won about 6 million votes, or about 7 percent of those cast, under the banner of the National Unity Party.

This year, Anderson can no longer maintain the posture of neutrality, he said. “[Voters] must decide whether to endorse a continuation of failed policies both foreign and domestic by re-electing a Republican who has faithfully voted for and endorsed those policies, or to signal a determination to chart a new and different course for the nation,” he wrote in his endorsement.

“Richard Auman will have my support because it is absolutely essential that the electorate send a strong and clear signal of dissatisfaction that those in control of both the executive and legislative branches can no longer ignore.”

Auman is the Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in Illinois’ 16th District, which stretches from the Mississippi River to McHenry County. He is a former teacher and counselor, Marine and mayor of Galena, Ill., where he lives with his wife Mary.

“I have great respect for John Anderson’s service to the 16th Congressional District and for his judgment,” said Auman. “I think he is absolutely correct that this election is critically important to the future of this country. The policies of this administration and congress have failed to meet the needs of the American people domestically and have failed to meet the challenges of fighting terrorism abroad. It is essential that we change course.”

Anderson, a Rockford native, served the 16th District as a Republican for 20 years, but his dissatisfaction with both major parties led to his decision to seek the presidency as an independent. His platform has in many cases proven prophetic, and his campaign signaled many of the difficulties faced by future third-party presidential candidates.

Since retiring from electoral politics, Anderson has been a vocal supporter for voting reform and a visiting professor throughout the U.S. Anderson is chairman of Fair Vote and resides in Florida, where he teaches at Nova Southeastern University Law Center.

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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