On January 12, 2019, Julián Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced that he is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States, joining what already seems certain to be a very crowded field.
From June 2009 until July 2014, Castro was the mayor of San Antonio, Texas. During that period, he was put on the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders, and on Time’s list of “40 under 40,’ that magazine’s scorecard of the rising stars of US politics.
In July 2014, Castro left the Mayor’s office to take a position in the cabinet of President Barack Obama, as Secretary of HUD.
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Castro held his position in the Obama administration for as long as that administration itself continued in office. In his final days on the job, in January 2017, Castro wrote that his successors should realize that HUD is a “vital department” which, like the underlying housing market itself, is “crucial to the continued improvement of the American economy and the security of millions of Americans.”