Standing in the shadows of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Democrat Julian Castro — the former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — made his announcement to enter the 2020 presidential campaign Saturday by retracing his own families footprint in this neighborhood that stands as one of San Antonio’s oldest Hispanic communities.
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.
There are few actions that suggest a run for higher office — like the presidency — as strongly as making speeches at the Iowa State Fair, which is where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be this weekend.