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Election

Downers Grove resident joins 6th Congressional District Democratic primary

Downers Grove resident Sean Casten is part of the crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District.
Downers Grove resident Sean Casten is part of the crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District.

DOWNERS GROVE – A Downers Grove resident has joined the crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District.

Sean Casten, a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and proponent of clean energy, has joined nine other hopefuls in the March 2018 primary election. The winner will likely face U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the November 2018 general election.

Roskam was elected to Congress in 2006.

Casten has undergraduate degrees in molecular biology and biochemistry and master’s degrees in engineering management and biochemical engineering, which helped inform his career in science and business, according to a news release.

He is campaigning to “bring critical thinking and thoughtful decision making back to Washington, where currently only five members of Congress identify as scientists,” the release stated.

Casten has 20 years of experience running his own companies and advising others, and he has been at the forefront of discovering innovative ways to make reducing carbon emissions a successful business strategy, according to the release.

Casten supports rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and promoting economic growth. He will also work to maintain Medicare and Medicaid and fight any proposals that would result in Illinois residents losing health care, the release stated.

Casten in 2007 moved to Illinois to co-found, with his father, Recycled Energy Development, which acquired, built, owned and operated energy plants located within manufacturing facilities. He also is the founding chairman of the Northeast Combined Heat & Power Association, an advocacy organization. He also serves on the Thayer School of Engineering’s Corporate Collaboration Council.

Casten and his wife, Kara, have two daughters.

Other candidates for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District include regulatory attorney and Clarendon Hills resident Jennifer Zordani; Becky Anderson Wilkins, co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops and a member of the Naperville City Council; Aurora resident Carole Cheney, former district chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville; College of Lake County trustee Amanda Howland, who lost to Roskam in the November 2016 general election; College of DuPage adjunct faculty member Suzyn Price; Lake Zurich resident Geoffrey Petzel; Chicago resident Austin Songer; Barrington Hills plan commissioner Kelly Mazeski; and Grace Haaf, the co-owner of a small business that specializes in data analysis and operations integration.

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