Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Sean Casten held a meet-and-greet Thursday in Cary.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who supports the scientist and former CEO, spoke at the session, which ran for about an hour at Galati’s Hideaway, 800 Feinberg Court.
“This is the guy that gets it,” Franks told the crowd. “This is the guy who will stand up for us. ... We need civility in this country. We need to come back to our core values. We have an opportunity now to stop the madness that is going on and put a check on the White House.”
Casten, of Downers Grove, is up against incumbent Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in Tuesday’s election. The district stretches from Crystal Lake to Darien and covers portions of DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.
Cary resident Ken Hillman, who helps with Casten’s campaign, said Thursday that he isn’t a Democrat but voted for Casten because he doesn’t feel represented by Roskam.
“The more I learned about Sean, the more I felt that this was a representative for the 6th District,” he said. “I want someone who believes in something, whether they are in power or not. ... This is not just a partisan crowd. There are a lot of other sides. A lot of Independents and a lot of Republicans who feel like ‘I’m not sure what is Republican anymore.’”
Casten addressed questions from the crowd that dealt with health care, gun control and environmental policy. He also spoke about the importance of diverse experiences and returning to values without letting the party stand in the way.
“I don’t for a second suggest that there are no elected Republicans of good character,” Casten said. “I know they are out there. I have met them. I am extremely bothered that there isn’t a single one of them that is braver in this moment. Why would it be so hard for someone in the Republican Party to stand up and say, ‘You know what, racism is bad. Misogyny is bad.’ ”
Casten said he supports a universal health care system and gun control reform.