Julián Castro Locks Down Texas Democrats’ Support

Thirty-three elected and appointed Democrats endorse Castro for President

On Thursday, the presidential campaign of former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary under President Obama and San Antonio Mayor, Julián Castro, announced a new slate of endorsements from 30 elected and appointed Democrats across Texas. The new list of endorsements from state senators, representatives, judges and local officials builds on support he has already received from Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), a two term member from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), the 116th Congress Freshman Class Co-President, and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), his twin brother and Campaign Chairman.

“I’m humbled by the support of so many of my fellow Texas Democrats,” said Secretary Julián Castro. “We’ve long been working together to turn Texas blue and I am confident that if I am the Democratic nominee for President, I will carry Texas’ 38 electoral votes to a win on election day 2020.”

The 30 endorsements include 17 Texas state representatives, two state senators, a Hidalgo County district attorney, three Bexar County officials, six San Antonio City Council members, and former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros.

“This is a critical moment in our nation’s political history,” said former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. “These times demand a candidate with the vision of an executive, the heart of a powerful personal story and a successful track record of not just talking about bold policy, but delivering results. As Mayor of the nation’s seventh-largest city and a Cabinet Secretary of a complex agency that touches Americans at every level along the economic spectrum, Julián Castro has proven himself at every step of the way, which is why he’s my choice to be the next President of the United States.”

“In addition to the numerous successful policies implemented under his tenure as Mayor and Secretary, Julián has demonstrated a mastery of the intricacies of local, state, and federal governments,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “His vast political experience underscores his ability to work across the political spectrum and around bureaucratic silos to get things done for his constituents — and I believe that’s the kind of experience required of the next President of the United States.”

“We need a leader who is experienced, balanced and passionate — that leader is Secretary Julián Castro,” said Texas State Rep. Mary González (D-75). “Secretary Castro’s excellent record as an executive, both as Mayor of San Antonio, a large Texas city, and as Secretary of a major federal agency, is proof of his policy acumen, leadership abilities and desire to improve the lives of Americans. I proudly endorse Secretary Castro, because our democracy depends on a strong, principled voice in the oval office.”

“Through my years in public service, I know Julián’s commitment to improving the lives of Latinos and all Texans,” said Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia (D-103). “I’m honored to offer my endorsement of his candidacy and look forward to working towards a more hopeful and prosperous Texas under his leadership as president.”

“Secretary Julián Castro has proven his innovative approach to solving problems and recognizing that the future can indeed be a brighter one for all Americans,” said Texas State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-42). “Creating opportunities for children as Mayor of San Antonio by establishing a Pre-K program, and significantly reducing veteran homelessness while HUD Secretary are just two examples. I support Secretary Castro because I truly believe that as president he will lead all Americans to a better future.”

“As a middle school teacher on the westside of San Antonio, I personally witnessed Mayor Castro’s tremendous leadership and commitment to educational opportunity,” said Texas State Rep. James Talarico (D-52). “Mayor Castro risked his political career on a proposal to raise local taxes to provide Pre-K for kids growing up on the westside, just like he did. I can’t think of a better leader for America’s teachers, parents and students than Julián Castro.”

“Sec. Castro will be the education president that we need. His Pre-K 4 SA initiative was just the beginning,” said Texas State Rep. John Bucy III (D-136).  “He will be the president who gets Pre-K for the USA. Sec. Castro is a proven grassroots organizer helping to build civic engagement from the ground up. I’ve witnessed his effectiveness firsthand as he has worked tirelessly to build community engagement across Texas’ suburbs. I am proud to support Secretary Julián Castro for president.”

These Texas officials believe Julián deserves to be President, and to get there he needs to make it to the debate stage.

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