We’re barely a month into the new year and already several Democrats have raised their hand to contend Donald Trump during his likely reelection bid for the presidency in 2020. One name so far that most recently is getting a ton of attention is Julián Castro.

A native of San Antonio, Texas with Chicano roots, Castro had been considering a presidential run for almost two years and launched a presidential exploratory committee in December. Now, with the solidification of his campaign, Castro, 44, who is already a popular figure within the Democratic Party, could potentially make history as one of the youngest and the first Latino presidential nominee seeking a major-party ticket.

Those of us outside the Lone Star state may not be so familiar with Julián Castro or his background. Besides being a husband to his school teacher wife, Erica Lira and father to daughter, Carina and son, Cristian, here are seven facts about the man who wants to be the one to end Donald Trump’s reign as president.


2He was the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city.

Julian Castro went from mayor to Secretary and now wants to President. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While Julián Castro has never been a governor, senator or vice president, he has boots on the ground experience as the former Mayor of San Antonio. He was first elected in 2009 and then re-elected for a third term in 2013.

Some of his accomplishments as mayor include the creation of Café College, a one-stop shop for high quality guidance on college admissions, financial aid and standardized test preparation to any student living in the San Antonio area. Also, while he ran the city, San Antonio ranked No. 1 on the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities list, graded A+ for doing business by Forbes and was ranked as the nation’s No. 3 new tech hotspot also by Forbes.

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