Sean Casten is a scientist and clean energy expert running for Congress in Illinois’ 6th congressional district. He began his career as a consultant in an energy practice and later became the CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a manufacturer of fuel-efficient heat and power plants. In 2007, Casten co-founded Recycled Energy Development LLC, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He has received endorsements from JStreetPAC endorsees Senators Dick Durbin and Elizabeth Warren.
Sean Casten believes that the United States should work with Israel and the Palestinians to achieve long-term peace through a two-state solution. Additionally, he sees an important role for the US to play as a mediator in bringing the two parties together. Casten is a strong proponent of the U.S.-Israel relationship and believes that the U.S. should always advocate for democracy and equality on the world stage. For this reason, he opposes the BDS movement and also supports providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. Casten also supports continued or increased foreign aid to Israel in order to safeguard the country’s qualitative military advantage.
Casten was supportive of the nuclear deal with Iran and was disappointed by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal. He believes that now, we must work with our allies to find a diplomatic path to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions.