We’re two years out until the 2020 presidential election, and there’s already much anticipation over who’s going to go head-to-head with President Donald Trump.
Despite losing their midterm elections, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum are already two strong contenders for the upcoming presidential election. For further proof that these two may be in the running, look no further to separate meetings with former President Barack Obama. However, it looks like Obama may need to schedule a meeting with an old friend from the White House.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced he is looking into running for president in 2020.
“I’ve spent the past several years traveling around America and listening to people’s concerns — mothers from Arizona, college students in Iowa, teachers in Florida,” Castro, who is also the former mayor of San Antonio, said in a video. “It doesn’t matter where we come from, we want the same things, we want to do right by our families, we want America to keep its promises. Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness…That’s why I am exploring a candidacy for president of the United States in 2020.”
Castro also discussed some of the key issues concerning the country including border security. He said that he believes in having a strong border presence and also treating undocumented people with respect.
So who is Julian Castro? Check out his impressive résumé.
- In 2001, he became the youngest city councilman elected in San Antonio history at 26 years old.
- In 2009, he was elected mayor of San Antonio and was re-elected in 2011 and 2013.
- In 2012, he gained national attention for being the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
- In 2014, Obama asked him to be the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served until 2017.
- It’s also important to mention that his twin brother Joaquín Castro is currently a U.S. Representative, and his parents are both Chicano activists. He is also married to a school teacher and has two kids.
So what are people saying about this possible run, which could lead to the first Latino president?
— Julissa Arce (@julissaarce) December 12, 2018
He hasn’t even started his campaign and people are already lining up to join his team. That’s what you call excitement.
He’s getting high praise from popular social justice advocates.
I like @JulianCastro a lot.
He's my friend.
I hope he runs for President and I would seriously considering endorsing and campaigning for him. He has a great heart, a wonderful vision for this country, and has excellent leadership experience.
I want to see him in this race. https://t.co/bRfMbQN56W
— Shaun King (@shaunking) December 12, 2018
Castro certainly has the leadership experience and name recognition needed to get people interested.
People understand he’s a strong candidate.
While I’m not endorsing any candidate yet, I’m happy to see that @JulianCastro is considering running the highest office. He will be a great candidate who knows the struggle working class families go through. Also valuable to have a Latinx candidate. https://t.co/7jKIBTnkCZ
— Rep. Manny Espitia (@mannyfornh) December 12, 2018
Our politics are saturated with issues and moments that impact and highlight the lives of the Latino community. A Latino presidential candidate would further prove the importance of one of the fastest growing communities in the country.
Congresswoman-elect Veronica Esobar understands what Castro can bring to the table.
Thank you for stepping up for our country, @JulianCastro. What we need more than ever – because of the cruelty and ineptitude of the last (nearly) 3 years – is ethical, principled, visionary leaders and candidates bringing forward the best ideas and values for America. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/NvBwR0IGag
— Veronica Escobar (@vgescobar) December 12, 2018
Newly elected politicians see a future in Castro and his leadership. We are witnessing a change in the two major parties in the U.S. and Castro’s bold stances could be what the Democratic party is looking for.
Some have been following his political career for years.
"Julian Castro" I wanted him for Vice President in 2016, I don't know too much about the President role, but either way, good luck brother. Let's see how long it really take for Bernie Sanders and his minions to call this qualified brother of color corrupted.
— Mr. Weeks ✊🏽 (@MrDane1982) December 12, 2018
Timing is always crucial in running for any office. While so many wanted Castro in 2016, now could be his time to shine.
He’s always been fighting for the entire country.
So proud of @JulianCastro
He’s been a steward for Democratic causes, not just in Texas but across the country.
Join me in supporting him in this exciting announcement https://t.co/WZXVqVisfs
— Vagiña Avenger™️🏳️🌈✊🏾 (@monicaisliberal) December 12, 2018
While his focus may have been in Texas, working under Obama certainly taught him a lot. It was his first experience making decisions that impacted the American people as a whole.
Representing the Latino community will be important in the 2020 presidential race.
— Daniel Valenzuela (@Daniel4PhxMayor) December 12, 2018
“I’m also very mindful, especially now for the Latino community, that there’s a particular meaning to my candidacy,” Castro said, according to the Huffington Post. “We can’t go through the 2020 cycle with nobody on that stage because of what’s happened over the last couple of years.”