It is no secret that Julian Castro’s name has been buzzing in political circles ever since he gave his rousing keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He is being touted as the Democratic party’s next rising star and some have even called him the next “Obama.”
Politics runs through his veins. His mother was a political activist who helped establish the Latino political party La Raza Unida. Castro credits his mother as being the biggest reason that he and his brother, U.S. House Representative Joaquin, are involved in public service. As children, they often attended rallies and meetings with their activist-mother allowing he and his twin brother to learn the ins and outs of politics at a very young age.
He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Stanford University with honors and his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became San Antonio’s youngest elected city councilman in the city’s history.
The 39-year-old mayor of San Antonio would give Democrats the inside track to the ever-increasing Latino vote, which is expected to be considerably more impactful in the 2016 election than in previous years.
Castro’s biggest obstacle? It seems that it may be that he lives in the great red state of Texas. Despite Texas’s large Latino population and vote potential, Democrats have not won a statewide race in almost twenty years.
While he denies that he will be tossing his hat in the ring for a Presidential bid, it seems that he may be considering a statewide office. Governor Castro? Being a Texan myself, I like the sound of that!
It has been exciting to watch the positive changes that Julian Castro has made in San Antonio during his three terms as mayor. He has taken a very progressive stance on socio-economic issues while being careful not to alienate conservative voters. That can be a hard line to toe but he has done it with great success.
Though he may not be considering a run for the Presidency now, the idea that it’s a possibility down the road is intriguing. I know that eventually there will be a Latino in the White House as either a President or Vice President. Will Julian Castro be the chosen one? Only time will tell.