For­mer hous­ing sec­re­tary says he’s in pres­i­den­tial race

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - News - BY MAG­GIE AS­TOR

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 and qual­i­fi­ca­tions. This month, he also vis­ited two of the early cau­cus and pri­mary states, Iowa and Ne­vada.

He joins Sen. El­iz­abeth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, Rep. Tulsi Gab­bard of Hawaii and for­mer Rep. John De­laney of Mary­land on the still-short list of Democrats who have said defini­tively they will seek the party’s 2020 nom­i­na­tion.

In his speech Satur­day, Cas­tro em­pha­sized ed­u­ca­tion, call­ing for a na­tional ver­sion of the uni­ver­sal prekinder­garten pro­gram he es­tab­lished in San An­to­nio when he was mayor. To fund the pro­gram there, he in­creased the city’s sales tax – a po­lit­i­cally risky propo­si­tion, but San An­to­nio vot­ers ap­proved it. years ago,” Cas­tro said at the Plaza Guadalupe am­phithe­ater in San An­to­nio, in the neigh­bor­hood where he was raised, “I’m sure that she never could have imag­ined that just two gen­er­a­tions later, one of her grand­sons would be serv­ing as a mem­ber of the United States Con­gress (Rep. Joaquin Cas­tro) and the other would be stand­ing with you here to­day to say these words: I am a can­di­date for pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica.”

Cas­tro’s an­nounce­ment had been ex­pected for

Julián Cas­tro, for­mer hous­ing sec­re­tary and for­mer mayor of San An­to­nio, an­nounced Satur­day he would 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 Mon­day at the Latino Vic­tory Fund’s an­nual sum­mit and meet with res­i­dents still strug­gling to re­cover from Hur­ri­cane Maria. Later in the week, his cam­paign said, he will go to New Hamp­shire.

“When my grand­mother got here al­most a hun­dred

Ju­lian Cas­tro

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.