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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro reflects on DNC speech, political future

Birthday cele­bration with brother Joaquin is first SA appearance since convention

SAN ANTONIO - Mayor Julian Castro celebrated his upcoming birthday with his twin brother, Joaquin, in the mayor’s first appearance in San Antonio since delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Castro, who took the stage at Sunset Station to a thunderous round of applause, earned himself considerable political credibility with what many considered a powerful and moving speech at the convention. The New York Times went as far as to call him a “rising star” and “the new face of the Democratic Party.”

Castro, who spoke at length about the trials of growing up on the West Side of San Antonio, said he relished the opportunity to share his family’s journey with a large audience.

“It meant a lot for me to be able to talk about my family, our story, and hopefully relate that to a bunch of other families out there, and I feel like it resonated with people,” said Castro.

Joaquin Castro, who is running for the 20th Congressional District seat, introduced his brother at the convention, and said he thought his brother couldn’t have done a better job.

“It was very special, first as a brother, to have a family member be able to do that,but also as a San Antonian,” said Joaquin Castro.

As for Julian Castro, he said his political future includes stumping for President Obama around the country, but he said he plans to do that on weekends, and focus fully on running the City of San Antonio. He said he has no immediate plans to seek a higher office.

“If the voters will have me, I'm going to be here in San Antonio for a while,” said Castro. “That's not going to change. We also live in Texas. Texas is quite inhospitable to Democrats.” 

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