Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s Presidential Aspirations Focus on Putting People First
Candidate: Julian Castro
State of Residence: Texas
Campaign Website: https://www.julianforthefuture.com
Julián Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014.
Before HUD, Castro served as Mayor of San Antonio. During his tenure, he became known as a national leader in urban development. In 2010, the City launched the “Decade of Downtown,” an initiative to spark investment in San Antonio’s center city and older neighborhoods. This effort has attracted $350 million in private sector investment, which will produce more than 2400 housing units by the end of 2014. In addition, San Antonio’s East Side is the only neighborhood in America that has received funding to implement major projects under three key Obama Administration revitalization initiatives: Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Neighborhoods and the Byrne Criminal Justice Program.
In March 2010, Castro was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.
Previously, Castro served as a member of the San Antonio City Council. He is also an attorney and worked at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld before starting his own practice.
Secretary Castro received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1996, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. He and his wife, Erica, have a daughter, Carina. [Obama White House Archives]
Fun Fact: Julian Castro has a twin brother, Joaquin, who serves as the Congressman for Texas’ 20th congressional district.
On the Issues
Health Care: Create a universal health care system, “Medicare for all.” Castro has called for “universal health care,” also referring to it as “Medicare for all.” He indicated he would consider paying for such a system by raising taxes on corporations and on the wealthiest “0.05, 0.5 or 1 percent” of Americans. [PBS]
Trade & Agriculture: Renegotiate NAFTA. As mayor of San Antonio, Castro strongly supported NAFTA and expanding the trade deal. He has said that he believes the agreement should be renegotiated to strengthen worker and environmental protections. [PBS]
Jobs/Economy/Taxes: Castro has pushed for economic equality and, as mayor of San Antonio, showed an ability to get along with Republicans and conservative-leaning business communities, according to Trinity University political science professor David Crockett.
The city has blossomed into an extremely desirable place to live, with a low cost of living and a healthy economy. Jobs in tech and cybersecurity have made San Antonio “the nation’s second-fastest-growing population of millennials,” according to The New York Times. San Antonio’s wage growth has surpassed the national average and housing is 13 percent cheaper than the national average, according to the newspaper.
On the campaign trail, Castro has attempted to put his liberal economic ideas into action. Like a number of Democratic candidates, Castro has said his campaign will not accept donations from corporate PACs. He has also pledged to pay interns $15 an hour and support a staff union.
In January, Castro announced his support for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ idea to increase tax rates for the top earners in the U.S. “Oh, I can support folks at the top paying their fair share,” Castro said on ABC’s This Week.
“There was a time in this country where the top marginal tax rate was over 90 percent,” Castro said. “Even during Reagan’s era in the 1980s, it was around 50 percent.”
He also said taxes should support programs like Medicare-for-all and suggested raising the corporate tax rate to ensure companies “pay their fair share.” [Elle]
In The News
ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare for the record number of mailed ballots cast during last year's presidential election. She also was recently confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Board... Read More
ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Standing on the sidelines of her son's soccer practice in this upscale suburb, Laura Hahn looked skyward for answers when asked how she would rate President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office. Overall, Biden is doing well, she said after... Read More
Democrat Rita Hart threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon, giving up her bid to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, and effectively ending the 2020 election cycle. Hart, who had been challenging the outcome of the race before the Committee on House Administration, said in a brief... Read More
Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news company sought to boost faltering ratings by falsely claiming the voting machine company had rigged the 2020 election. The company, which is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and Denver,... Read More
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Election systems in the Deep South in 2020 suffered from numerous shortcomings, making it harder for many voters -- particularly those from communities of color -- to safely cast their ballots, states a new analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report... Read More
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to nullify his election loss in Wisconsin, rejecting the last remaining appeal seeking to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. In an unsigned order, the justices declined to take up Trump’s lawsuit... Read More