A swing district nominee, Casten is a respected scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and clean energy leader.
This is the latest installment of our “November Democrats” series, which highlights Democrats from critical districts who have already won their primaries, and will face Republicans in November.
The Race: Illinois’ 6th Congressional District (Ballotpedia Link) is labeled a “competitive district” by the DCCC, and is featured by both Swing Left and Democrats Work for America. Here is a detailed look at IL-06, via Swing Left’s District Primer.
Geography of the District: Naperville, Elgin, Wheaton, Crystal Lake, St. Charles, West Chicago.
The Democratic Challenger! Sean Casten (Campaign Website Link) lives in Downers Grove with his wife, Kara, and their two girls, Gwen and Audrey. Sean is … smart. He has a BA in Molecular Biology, a Masters in Engineering Management and a Masters in Biochemical Engineering. He has worked in executive leadership of companies focused on renewable energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. According to his website, Sean has “completed ten marathons and represented Team USA in a 2012 duathlon in Switzerland that required a 10K run, a 150K bike ride and a further 30K run.” Apparently he also coaches youth soccer and plays in several cover bands of “varying degrees of quality.” Imagine having a guy with that type of energy in Congress.
The GOP Incumbent: Peter Roskam is a archetypal Republican. He voted for TrumpCare, against funding for disaster relief efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and for the disastrous GOP Tax Scam.
How you can help:
Donate! Republican incumbent Roskam is going to have a ton of backing from the GOP establishment: they know how important this district is. Let’s make sure Casten can overtake the dark money advantage on the right!
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About the November Democrats Series:
At the national level, it can be hard to keep track of who is a primary candidate vs. a party nominee. DemWrite Press is here to help. As state primaries pass, we will periodically feature Democratic Party nominees from critical swing races in our November Democrats Series, to help you focus your support.
Because there will literally be thousands of Democrats on the ballot in November, this series will hone in and feature nominees (not primary candidates) in races highlighted as critical by Swing Left, the DCCC and/or Democrats Work for America.
Stay tuned for more candidate highlights in our November Democrats series. You can search for all of our highlighted swing race candidates under the “Categories” drop-down menu by selecting the “November Democrats” tag.