Julian Castro, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary for Housing and Urban Development expressed that he’s “likely” to run in the 2020 presidential race depending on the outcome of the 2018 midterm election.
In a Rolling Stone interview released today, (10/16) Castro, 44, gave a straight answer on his 2020 plans after floating the idea earlier this year.
“I’m likely to do it,” he said to Rolling Stone. “I’ll make a final decision after November, but I’m inclined to do it.”
Castro continued that the decision will be vetted weighing family, policy and the tone of the country.
“My daughter’s nine and my son is three. My wife, Erica, has been wonderful throughout my time in public service. We’re going to take a long, hard look at what that kind of commitment would mean.”
“And as I travel between now and Election Day, I’m getting a better and better sense of where the country is at. I don’t feel compelled to make a rushed decision.”
“However, I’m likely to do it. I have a strong vision for the country. I believe that our country’s going in the wrong direction and that it needs new leadership. I’ll make a final decision after November, but I’m inclined to do it,” he said.
Castro burst onto the national scene in 2012 when he became the first Latino to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
In 2014, President Barack Obama nominated him for secretary of HUD. He was confirmed by the senate by a vote of 71-26.
In 2001, Castro was elected to San Antonio’s City Council making him the youngest ever elected at the age of 26.
He served as a councilman from 2001-2005, making an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2005. In 2009, Castro ran for mayor again winning the election. He was reelected in 2011 and 2013.