Democratic businessman Sean Casten loaned his campaign $650,000 in the primary, and said Monday he will “do what we have to do” financially to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam as the 6th District Congressman.
Money-wise, Casten’s war chest lags far behind that of the incumbent, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed. The $192,447 he reported is overshadowed by the $2.2 million Roskam had in the banks as of the end of last month.
Casten said Monday he had no problem using more of his own money in the race, although he would not say how much he was comfortable contributing.
And the financial picture could soon change given that both political parties see the Congressional district — which includes parts of Naperville, Elgin, Wheaton and portions of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties — as an important race in the battle for control of the U.S. House.
Casten, a newcomer to politics, considers climate change a main issue. The Downers Grove Democrat in March won the chance to take on Roskam with 29.9 percent of the vote in a seven-candidate Democratic primary election. Casten’s closest opponent was Barrington Hills Plan Commissioner Kelly Mazeski, who was leading the race for most of election night before Casten overcame her at the end.
Roskam, who did not face a challenger in the March primary, outraised Casten in the first quarter of the year, raking in $965,845 compared to Casten’s $379,760, according to the latest campaign finance records.
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