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Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary under Obama, announces 2020 presidential bid


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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is running for president.
The Obama administration alumnus announced his decision Saturday in his hometown of San Antonio.
Castro had been eyeing a presidential run for months. In December, his twin brother Joaquín told Stephen Colbert his brother was ready to run.

Julián Castro is running for president.

The former Housing and Urban Development secretary, a Democrat, announced his bid for the presidency on Saturday in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, surrounded supporters and family, including his twin brother, US Representative Joaquín Castro.

“When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I’m sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for President of the United States of America,” Castro said, making remarks in English and Spanish.

Castro announced his campaign, Julián for the Future, with the campaign slogan “One Nation. One Destiny” in Plaza Guadalupe, an outdoor space near San Antonio’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where Castro was baptized.

“I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, it’s time for new energy, it’s time for new commitment to make sure the opportunities that I had are available to every American,” Castro said.

In his remarks, Castro went on to tout his commitment to policies including early childhood education, accessible college alternatives, universal healthcare, and criminal justice reform.

Texas Rep. James Talarico delivered remarks to introduce Castro, who he called the “West Side’s favorite son,” referring to the historic neighborhood where the announcement event was held.

Talarico said while he was a middle school teacher, he pointed to then-Mayor Castro as an example to follow, “not because he is famous or successful but because he always has the courage to do what is right.”

Castro’s official announcement comes weeks after his brother had revealed the news during an interview with Stephen Colbert in December. Back then, the former Housing secretary couldn’t officially announce his candidacy because, under Federal Election Commission rules, he would’ve had to file paperwork with the agency immediately.

“I’ll speak on his behalf, here,” Joaquín told Colbert after asking why Julián was going to run or not. “He’s going to run for president.”

The campaign announced Saturday that Joaquín would assume the role of campaign chairman.

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Julián Castro, 44, was born and raised in San Antonio and began his career there, as a member of the City Council. In 2009, he was elected mayor and held the position until 2014, when he was picked as secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development by Barack Obama.

During his tenure, HUD expanded lead safety protections in federally assisted housing, worked to reconstruct communities affected by natural disasters under a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, and fulfilled the Fair Housing Act by …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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