San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was named keynote speaker for the upcoming Democratic National Convention yesterday. Castro is the first Latino invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention.
Castro is a 37-year-old San Antonio native; Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. Castro was elected Mayor on May 9, 2009.
Castro comes from a family involved in political activism. Castro’s mother, Rosie was an activist with La Raza Unida, a 1970s political movement aimed at increasing Chicano political power in the Southwest.
Castro previously served on the San Antonio City Council from 2001 to 2005.
Julian Castro and President Barack Obama come from similar backgrounds. Both were raised by a single mother, Harvard Law school graduates, and both are critiqued for their political ambitions.
Castro was profiled in Time Magazine’s “40 under 40,” a list of up and coming political movers and shakers.
The Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina from September 3-6.
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