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Julián Castro Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee, Sets Jan. 12 Announcement

Julián Castro speaking at the 2018 Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth.
Gabriel C. Pérez
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KUT
Julián Castro speaking at the 2018 Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth.

Julián Castro is taking another step toward a 2020 presidential campaign.

The former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor  announced Wednesday that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a bid and will make an announcement Jan. 12 in Texas. The committee is called Julián for the Future.

Castro has said for months that he is likely to join what is expected to be a crowded field for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is a lineup that could include another Texan, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, who is being urged to run after his closer-than-expected race against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last month.

Castro has been preparing for a potential run for nearly two years, traveling the country for midterm candidates and doling out contributions through his Opportunity First PAC.

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From The Texas Tribune

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Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.