By Jenna Johnson | The Washington Put up

SAN ANTONIO — Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio who labored within the Obama administration, introduced Saturday morning that he’s becoming a member of the more and more crowded subject of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Castro, 44, has pitched himself as “the antidote to Donald Trump” who understands the immigrant expertise, border points and the wants of the center class. If elected, he could be the nation’s first Latino president.

“When my grandmother bought right here nearly 100 years in the past, I’m certain that she by no means might have imagined that simply two generations later, one among her grandsons could be serving as a member of america Congress and the opposite could be standing with you right here immediately to say these phrases: I’m a candidate for President of america of America,” Castro stated Saturday morning, standing in San Antonio’s historic Plaza Guadalupe.

Castro’s announcement was not precisely a shock, as he launched an exploratory committee on Dec. 12 — and, the subsequent evening, his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, jokingly turned that exploration right into a full dedication when the 2 appeared collectively on CBS’s “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert.”

As Colbert pressed Julián Castro on his 2020 plans, Joaquin Castro jumped in and stated: “I’ll converse on his behalf right here. He’s going to run for president. How about that? For the FEC legal professionals: He didn’t say it! I stated it.” (As quickly as a candidate decides to run for president, the Federal Election Fee requires that she or he file paperwork and start correctly reporting the cash that they gather and spend.)

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Colbert then coyly stated to Julián Castro: “I’ve heard from somebody very near you that you’re going to run for president.”

Julián Castro laughed and stated: “I’m excited. It’s going to be, I believe, a terrific journey. As , I believe the nation wants new management, now greater than ever.”

Castro grew up in an activist household in San Antonio, studied at Stanford College and Harvard Legislation Faculty, and was elected to the San Antonio Metropolis Council when he was simply 26. He ran for mayor of San Antonio twice, dropping the primary time in 2005 after which profitable in 2009. Castro expanded prekindergarten applications within the metropolis and opened Cafe Faculty, the place college students can get assist making use of to varsity. Because the youngest mayor of a prime U.S. metropolis, Castro rapidly attracted nationwide consideration and constructed relationships with Democratic leaders and fellow Latino lawmakers throughout the nation. Throughout a go to to the White Home in December 2009, President Barack Obama joked that he thought the younger mayor “was an intern.”

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Castro was the primary Latino to provide a keynote speech at a Democratic Nationwide Conference. In his July 2012 speech, Castro instructed the nation about being raised by his single mom and grandmother, an immigrant from Mexico who dropped out of college within the fourth grade. He criticized the Republican guarantees of trickle-down economics and advocated for applications that assist the center class and households like his, together with Pell grants to assist pay for school, job creation and defending undocumented immigrants who got here to the nation as younger kids.

“In the long run, the American Dream just isn’t a dash, or perhaps a marathon, however a relay,” Castro stated in that speech. “Our households don’t all the time cross the end line within the span of 1 era. However every era passes on to the subsequent the fruits of their labor.”

In Could 2014, Obama nominated Castro to turn out to be the secretary of Housing and City Growth. He was confirmed later that summer season, making him the youngest member of Obama’s Cupboard, and spent 2 1/2 years within the place. Through the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton thought-about selecting Castro as her working mate however ultimately settled on Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

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After Trump received the presidency, Castro left HUD and began the Alternative First political motion committee that helps younger liberal Democratic candidates. The committee’s title is a play on Trump’s promise of “America First.” He additionally wrote a memoir that was revealed in October, “An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream.” Castro lives in San Antonio along with his spouse, an elementary faculty trainer, and their two younger kids.

Though Castro was extensively mentioned as a potential candidate for governor in Texas in 2018, he determined to not run — after which watched as Beto O’Rourke, then a Democratic congressman from El Paso, ran for senate and constructed a nationwide following. O’Rourke can be contemplating a run for the White Home, though these near him don’t anticipate him to decide till February.

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