For­mer Obama hous­ing chief Ju­lian Cas­tro joins 2020 cam­paign

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Paul J. We­ber

SAN AN­TO­NIO >> For­mer Obama Cab­i­net mem­ber Ju­lian Cas­tro joined the 2020 pres­i­den­tial race Satur­day as the rush of Democrats mak­ing early moves to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ac­cel­er­ates, while an­tic­i­pa­tion grows around big­ger names still con­sid­er­ing a White House run.

“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,” he told cheer­ing sup­port­ers.

Cas­tro, who could end up be­ing the only Latino in what is shap­ing up to be a crowded Demo­cratic field, of­fi­cially kicked off his cam­paign with a rally in his home­town of San An­to­nio, where he was mayor for

five years. The ex-hous­ing sec­re­tary be­came the sec­ond Demo­crat to for­mally en­ter race, after for­mer Mary­land Rep. John De­laney.

Sen. El­iz­abeth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts has also started an ex­ploratory com­mit­tee for pres­i­dent, and four other Demo­cratic se­na­tors are tak­ing steady steps to­ward run­ning. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gab­bard, the first Hindu elected to Con­gress, is plan­ning a bid, too.

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