Democrat Julian Castro’s return to N.H. fuels more 2020 speculation

  • Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro speaks with students at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown on Feb. 17. Castro, a Democrat, is set to return to the first-in-the-nation primary state when he gives the commencement address at New England College in Henniker on May 12, fueling speculation of a 2020 presidential bid. PAUL STEINHAUSER / For the Monitor

For the Monitor
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Julian Castro is coming back to New Hampshire next month, sparking more speculation that the Housing and Urban Development Secretary under President Barack Obama and former San Antonio mayor may be gearing up for a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

New England College announced Tuesday that Castro will be the give the school’s commencement address at their May 12 graduation ceremonies.

The trip will be Castro’s second in three months to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state. During a visit in February, he headlined the New Hampshire Young Democrats major fundraising and awards dinner. Castro also took part in a roundtable discussion with students at Saint Anselm College.

In an interview with the Monitor during that trip, Castro said he’ll decide by the end of this year whether he makes a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

“After the November election, I’ll then take a little bit of time and by the end of the year I’ll make a decision on the next couple of years,” he said.

Castro said his main political mission this year is to get Democrats elected to office in the midterms. In January, he launched the political action committee Opportunity First, which aims to elect young progressives to federal, state and local offices.

“The only way that you’re going to get any kind of real accountability is if you get a Democratic Congress, because this Republican Congress has shown that it is completely unable to hold this administration accountable,” Castro told the Monitor.