Julian Castro announces 2020 presidential run

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Julian Castro announces 2020 presidential run

Drue Cappawana, Opinion Editor

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Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, announced his run for the presidency in 2020 on Saturday. Castro, 44, had launched an exploratory committee in December of 2018.

The former mayor of San Antonio, Texas joins Hawai’i representative Tulsi Gabbard as the major Democratic candidates for President of the United States so far.

Castro became the youngest person elected to the San Antonio city council in 2001, winning 61% of the vote at just 26 years old. He would be one of the youngest presidents if he secures the office in November of next year.

Castro has long been an advocate of LGBTQ rights, reflected by his opposition to a Texas law that would have outlawed same-sex marriage while he was mayor of San Antonio. He signed the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” petition in 2012, joining mayors of major cities across the country.

 

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