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MFV SALUTES JULIAN CASTRO’S ENTRY INTO THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

01.12.2019

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2019

Contact: Karina Martinez, karinam@mifamiliavota.org 858/752-1262

 

MFV SALUTES JULIAN CASTRO’S ENTRY INTO THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Candidacy of Former HUD Secretary/San Antonio Mayor Highlights Hispanic Contributions and Issues Impacting All Americans

WASHINGTON, DC — Mi Familia Vota (MFV) salutes Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former San Antonio Mayor, who becomes the first official candidate in the 2020 presidential race and the first Hispanic Democratic presidential candidate since 2008, when former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson competed in the party primary. In 2016, Cuban-American Sens., Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida ran in the Republican presidential primary and lost to President Trump.

Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:

“Julian Castro is an intelligent and talented national leader who served in President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and who earlier served as mayor of Texas’ third largest city, San Antonio.

“Secretary Castro also is poised to offer a thoughtful and unique perspective on voters’ top priorities, such as health care, environmental protection, education and immigration reform, through the prism of his Hispanic background and understanding of how major policies impact communities of color differently.

“As the grandson of a Mexican immigrant, the son of a prominent, life-long grassroots activist in San Antonio, and twin brother of a U.S. Congressman, Castro also represents the accomplishments of the Latino community, regardless of party affiliation.

“As a non-partisan civic engagement group that continuously works to increase the Latino vote, MFV looks forward to the presidential candidates’ debates on our issues. Clearly, the road to the White House goes through our neighborhoods or barrios, and MFV welcomes any candidate who wishes to meet with our communities to discuss our policy agenda as we prepare to mobilize in 2020.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.