Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, has announced his bid for the presidency.
Castro has a track record that includes revolutionary early childhood education programs while mayor, and controversy around handling of mortgage sales during his tenure at HUD.
Based on his announcement, Castro plans to use his experience in local government to tout community-minded policies.
Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary, has joined the race for the 2020 Election.
Speaking to a crowd in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, Castro touted his commitment to policies that included early childhood education, accessible college alternatives, universal healthcare, and criminal-justice reform.
See the policies with roots in Castro’s personal and professional past that he’s cast as key to his campaign:
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Castro and his twin brother, Joaquín, who is a US representative that heads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were raised in San Antonio, Texas by their activist mother, Rosie.
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Both brothers went to Stanford University, where Julián credited affirmative action for his acceptance, before attending Harvard Law. After finishing his degree at Harvard, Julián ran for San Antonio City Council, which he won in 2001.
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Castro has been a longtime support of LGBTQ rights. He became the first San Antonio mayor to serve as the grand marshal of the city’s Pride Parade in 2009 and signed the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” petition for same-sex marriage equality in 2012.
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