Becky Anderson, co-owner of Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville, Downers Grove and La Grange, Ill., fought the good fight but was unable to win the Democratic primary in Illinois's 6th Congressional district yesterday. It was a crowded field--she had six opponents--all battling to run in November against Republican incumbent Peter Roskam. As of early this morning, with most precincts reporting, she had 6% of the vote; the winner received 28%.
A Naperville City Councilor and former president of the American Booksellers Association, Anderson began her campaign last July, saying, in part, "In Congress, I will lead on the issues that impact this district every day. I will continue my advocacy on behalf of high-quality childhood education and literacy. I will fight for women's reproductive rights and a fully-funded Planned Parenthood. And I will put the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs above an obsession with granting tax breaks to big corporations."