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#2020Election: Julián Castro Announces Presidential Candidacy (with an accent…)

It was a groundbreaking day for Latinxs in politics last weekend. Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, has officially announced his run for presidency in 2020. He’s first and foremost a husband, a father, and a proud Mexican-American. If you are not yet familiar with his background, here’s what you need to know:

Hometown: Texas
Birthday: September 16, 1974
Party: Democratic party
College: Stanford University (BA), Harvard University (JD)
Family: Twin brother; raised by grandmother; married to Erica Lira and is a father of two
Ethnicity: Mexican-American
Campaign Issues: “Medicare for all,” Immigration, Climate Change, Housing equality, supporter of LGBTQ community, Gun control, Military presence, Education, Renegotiate NAFTA

Cool facts: 
Considered by Hillary Clinton for possible running mate in 2016.
First Democrat contender from Texas since Lloyd Bentsen in 1976.
His mom, Rosie Castro, is a political activist who was part of La Raza Unida Party.
His twin brother, Joaquin Castro, is his campaign chairman.
During his term as San Antonio Mayor, the city ranked best-performing local economy in the country by prestigious Milken Institute (2011).
He is NOT the first Latinx candidate for president, but he will be the first candidate to use his accent on his campaign “Julián”.

It’s not all politics:
Ran against his brother for Student Senate at Stanford, used bathroom stalls to put their campaign flyers – ended up tying!
Julian got stitches twice because growing up with siblings is great…
Joey doesn’t share food! It seems the Castro twins do not like to pick off of each other’s, or anybody else’s, plate. We’re thinking no sharing is also a thing.
“In high school, [Julian and Joaquin] once played tennis against each other for eight consecutive hours in 100-degree heat,” Rosie Castro told Vogue.
Joaquin Castro’s famous phrase, “[Julian] is a minute uglier than I am”.

So what should we take away from all this Mr. Castro?
“I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, because it’s time for new energy and it’s time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities that I’ve had are available to every American,” said Castro according to Houston Chronicle. Sounds good to us, right?

What do you think of Julian Castro’s announcement? Think he has a solid shot to be the Democratic 2020 Presidential nominee?

As Trevor Noah asked him in his October interview, “Do you genuinely believe that you can go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump, understanding that there is no skeleton in his closet? He is the skeleton in the closet.”

Follow Julián Castro’s journey to the 2020 presidential race @juliancastro. ¡VAMONOS!

#SomosLatinx #JuliánCastro #PoliticsWithLatinX


Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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