Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Julián Castro, the former housing secretary along with former mayor of San Antonio, announced on Saturday that will he would certainly run for president, one of the most high-profile Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination.

His first campaign stop will be in Puerto Rico, where he will speak on Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual summit along with meet with residents still struggling to recover by Hurricane Maria. Later within the week, his campaign said, he will go to brand-new Hampshire.

“When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I’m sure that will she never could have imagined that will just two generations later, one of her grandsons would certainly be serving as a member of the United States Congress along with the different would certainly be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America,” Mr. Castro said Saturday at the Plaza Guadalupe amphitheater in San Antonio.

Mr. Castro’s announcement had been expected for several weeks. He established an exploratory committee in December, two months after publishing a memoir, “An Unlikely Journey” — a familiar path for presidential candidates who want to play up their life stories along with qualifications along with, perhaps, get ahead of their biggest vulnerabilities. This specific month he also visited two of the early caucus along with primary states, Iowa along with Nevada, where he emphasized health care (he supports “Medicare for all”) along with affordable housing.

He currently joins Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii along with former Representative John Delaney of Maryland on the still-short list of Democrats who have said definitively that will they will seek for the party’s 2020 nomination. that will list will be supposed to grow considerably within the coming weeks along with months.

[Read about what Mr. Castro along with the different early entrants will be doing within the early days of the 2020 campaign.]

Mr. Castro, 44, was raised in San Antonio in a politically active family. His mother, Rosie Castro, was an activist with the Mexican-American political party La Raza Unida along with frequently took Julián along with his twin brother, Joaquin — currently a congressman — to rallies along with meetings. Joaquin Castro will be the chairman of Julián’s campaign.

At the age of 26, Mr. Castro became San Antonio’s youngest City Council member, along with after one unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 2005, he was elected to the city’s top job in 2009. In 2012, he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention — the same platform that will catapulted Barack Obama, then a little-known state senator, to national prominence in 2004. Mr. Obama, as president, later chose him to lead the Department of Housing along with Urban Development.

Many of the likely 2020 candidates are better known, yet Mr. Castro has brushed This specific off.

“In my whole life, I don’t think I’ve ever started off out as the front-runner,” he told The brand-new York Times last month. “I grew up in a neighborhood where nobody growing up there was the front-runner at anything. So I’m not going to concern myself with who people think of as the front-runner along with who they don’t.”