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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign faces a crowded field of Democrats who want to challenge him for the presidency. Among them is Julian Castro. The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development is not a household name. But he is working to change that.

Julian Castro, the former Mayor of San Antonio and the former Director of House and Urban Development announced on January 12, that he is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Just over two months into his bid for president, Julián Castro said Tuesday evening that he does “not at all” feel overshadowed by fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke amid the former El Paso congressman’s splashy presidential campaign rollout.

With former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s announcement today, two Texas Democrats are now seeking the presidential nomination in 2020.

“It is surprising,” said longtime Democratic strategist Colin Strother. “It’s the first time, I believe, it’s happened in my lifetime.”

Presidential candidate Julián Castro, left, has chosen his brother, U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro, to serve as his campaign manager, which is typically a volunteer position that involves managing big-picture tasks.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

For his 2020 campaign for president, Julián Castro selected his twin brother, a Democratic representative from San Antonio, as his campaign chairman. Are there rules around Joaquin Castro promoting his brother's run?

A new report from BuzzFeed News accuses President Donald Trump of directing his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, and Joaquín and Julián Castro have called for impeachment proceedings or the president's outright resignation. 

Julián Castro is the first Democrat to officially launch a bid for the 2020 presidential nomination. While others are expected to quickly follow, he’s got a few days’ head start to make his mark on the field.

So, what are Castro’s top campaign issues? Let’s start at the top.

Presidential candidates always have a couple of big issues to talk about during their hundreds of campaign stops, but there’s usually one issue that becomes a signature goal.

Julián Castro, the former Mayor of San Antonio and the former Director of House and Urban Development announced Jan. 12 that he is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Robin Jerstad / The Texas Tribune

Updated 12:54 p.m. ET

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro formally launched his bid for president on Saturday, after weeks of hinting he was ready to join the growing 2020 Democratic primary field.

Castro said, "I've always believed with big dreams and hard work anything is possible in this nation."

Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Julián Castro made it official Saturday: He is running for president.

Former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor Julián Castro talks to reporters about his potential run for president in 2020. Castro held the press conference in his home in San Antonio on Dec. 12, 2018.
Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

In case there was any mystery left, Julián Castro is running for president.

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.

Updated 4 p.m.

Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro announced Wednesday he has formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a presidential run in the 2020 election.


Outgoing Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro's office overlooks a stretch of the Washington, D.C., waterfront where several high-rent apartment buildings are being built, in a city where affordable housing is in short supply and homelessness is a big problem.

These are some of the same issues his successor will have to deal with as head of an agency that provides housing aid to 10 million low-income families.

Is Julián Castro Experienced Enough To Be VP?

Jun 24, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Julián Castro is potentially on the verge of the biggest moment of his life: being tapped to serve as the running mate for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Seeking Unity, Texas Democrats Set Sights On Trump As Common Enemy

Jun 18, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is "Frankenstein’s monster," a "racist," "the Joker" — and an opportunity to turn Texas blue, according to optimistic Texas Democrats gathered at their party’s convention in San Antonio this weekend.

Two San Antonio brothers are taking center stage as the Texas Democratic Convention gets underway in their hometown. Congressman Joaquin Castro will chair the convention. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be the keynote speaker Friday night.

In a state where Republicans control the legislature and all statewide offices, the Democrats are looking to the Castro brothers to help rebuild their state party. 

Democrats Mull Julián Castro's Vice Presidential Prospects

May 9, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — Only a year ago, Democrats far and wide treated U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro as the most likely vice presidential pick for a Hillary Clinton ticket. 

Clinton, In San Antonio, On Castro VP Buzz: I'll 'Really Look Hard at Him'

Oct 15, 2015
Robin Jerstad / Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Accepting Julián Castro's endorsement Thursday, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addressed speculation he could serve as her running mate, saying she plans to "really look hard at him for anything."

Obama Nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro For HUD Secretary

May 23, 2014
Spencer Selvidge / Texas Tribune

Before a packed crowd in the White House’s state dining room, President Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the newest — and youngest — member of his cabinet, as the secretary of housing and urban development.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

As they traded barbs during a televised debate on Tuesday night, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro covered a range of issues beyond the set topic of immigration policy, including the November general election and abortion rights.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

A little more than a year ago, at the Democratic National Convention, a new voice arrived on the national stage. That voice belonged to Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, who got the coveted prime-time convention slot that once served as a launching pad for Barack Obama and before that, Bill Clinton. Castro was re-elected in May, but his national profile has stayed high, thanks to campaign-style trips across the country. And he’s the first guest in the new KERA series “The Friday Conversation.” During a visit to the Federal Reserve in Dallas this week, he sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Julián Castro, the San Antonio mayor who surged onto the national stage at last year's Democratic Convention, tells KERA he'll stay in his current job for four more years. But if Hillary Clinton comes calling, he's got a suggested running mate: his identical twin brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro. 

Julián Castro sat down today with Rick Holter, KERA’s vice president of news. Castro is the first guest in the new KERA series “The Friday Conversation,”  to air Fridays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KERA 90.1 FM.

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All of Texas’ biggest cities have passed ordinances that ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation – except for San Antonio. That changed on Thursday when the San Antonio City Council voted 8 to 3 to adopt its own policy. Hundreds of people testified for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday.