By Mary Kay Linge, nypost.com
Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro dove into the 2020 presidential race Saturday, becoming the latest Democratic contender for his party’s nomination with a speech in his hometown.
“When my grandmother got here almost 100 years ago, I’m sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later… (I’d say) these words: I am a candidate for president of the United States of America,” he said.
Castro, 44, who served as secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, is the first Latino candidate in the running — which he made a point to emphasize.
He spoke from a podium that featured his campaign logo — his first name, with an emphasis on its accent — and greeted supporters with mariachi music.
Castro is the fifth Democrat to formally announce plans to enter the party’s presidential primary race in 2020. Two dozen others have signaled their intentions to do the same.