Mexican American Julián Castro Announces Run For Presidency
Former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing Julian Castro will run for President in 2020
The 44-year-old Mexican American father of two announced his candidacy this morning, saying:
“When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, 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 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.”
Julian (right) and his twin Joaquin with their mother Rosie in front of San Antonio City Hall in 2002
Both Rosie's sons, Castro and his twin Joaquin, a Congressman, followed in their mother's footsteps.
"My mother is probably the biggest reason that my brother and I are in public service."
Julian with wife Erica, daughter Carina, and son Cristian
Asked by the New York Times how he will be able to hold his own among "better-known" candidates, Julian replied:
“In my whole life, I don’t think I’ve ever started out as the front-runner.
I grew up in a neighborhood where nobody growing up there was the front-runner at anything. So I’m not going to concern myself with who people think of as the front-runner and who they don’t.”