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Office of Secretary Julián Castro

On Monday, October 5, former presidential candidate, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Obama, and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julián Castro, announced the endorsement of a final slate of nine People First Future candidates ahead of the November elections.

"Families across the country are wondering how they're going to pay their bills, feed their families, and ensure their kids get a good education in these unprecedented times. They need leaders at every level who will work to make those challenges easier," said Secretary Castro. "As voting is already underway in states across the country, I'm proud to endorse a final slate of nine People First candidates who will fight for progress in their communities and stand up for vulnerable people who have suffered tremendously these last few years."

Secretary Castro launched People First Future in May to elect bold, progressive Democrats up-and-down the ballot who are running campaigns focused on people, including the most vulnerable Americans. Since its launch, People First Future has endorsed 41 candidates in local, state, and federal races, including People First Policing and People First Immigration candidates, who's campaigns have focused on overhauling our police and immigration systems. 

Below are the People First candidates being endorsed today and quotes about each from Secretary Castro:

Jaime Harrison, U.S. Senate, South Carolina
"Like so many Americans and South Carolinians, Jaime Harrison knows what it's like to struggle. As the son of a single mother who worked hard to get by, Jaime understands the challenges families are facing, and will work tirelessly for more opportunity for South Carolina families. If elected, Jaime will bring integrity, character, and hard work to the U.S. Senate."

Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Senate, New Mexico
"Throughout his career, Ben Ray Lujan has fought for a people first agenda to support hardworking New Mexico families. He's been dedicated to creating good paying jobs, expanding access to health care, and protecting New Mexico's environment and natural resources. I'm proud to endorse Ben Ray because I know he will continue that fight in the Senate. 

Jon Ossoff, U.S. Senate, Georgia
"In 2017, Jon Ossoff inspired the nation with a bold campaign that fought for a level playing field and greater opportunity for all Americans. He has spent his career fighting for an America where everyone counts and against corruption and abuses of power. He's the leader Georgia needs to take on the challenges our nation faces today, and I'm proud to endorse him."

Rev. Raphael Warnock, U.S. Senate, Georgia
"Reverend Warnock inherited a pulpit from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has spent his career in service of Dr. King's legacy, advocating for the least among us and fighting injustice wherever it may be. As a senator, Rev. Warnock will bring that service to Washington, fighting for quality health care, the dignity of working people, and protections for the most vulnerable Americans."

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Patricia Ackerman, Nevada's 2nd Congressional District
"Having traveled across the Silver State during my presidential campaign, I met with countless Nevadans who want leaders in Washington who will fight for them. If elected, Patricia Ackerman will be that kind of leader--fighting for justice in healthcare, education, immigration, and climate policy that serves the people of Northern Nevada."

Stephen Daniel, Texas's 6th Congressional District
"As a North Texas attorney, Stephen Daniel has taken on the insurance industry and pharmaceutical companies that are gouging hardworking Texas families trying to get by. As a member of Congress, Stephen will work to guarantee affordable health care and lower prescription drug prices for every Texan, and ensure that hardworking families have the opportunities they need to get ahead."

Beth Doglio, Washington's 10th Congressional District
"More than ever, we need leaders in Congress who are laser focused on the life-or-death challenges we face, such as climate change, healthcare, and quality affordable housing. Beth Doglio will be a leader Washington can trust to tackle these challenges and more--having spent her career working for a sustainable, just, and compassionate future. I'm proud to endorse her race for Congress."

Jillian Freeland, Colorado's 5th Congressional District

"At a time when so many Americans are struggling, we need leaders in Congress like Jillian Freeland who will fight to expand health care, create good paying jobs, invest in small businesses, and help Colorado families recover from the coronavirus. I'm proud to endorse Jillian because I know she will bring much needed experience and a forward-thinking approach to Congress."

Lulu Seikaly, Texas's 3rd Congressional District
"As a first-generation American whose parents fled a civil war, and an employment advocate and attorney, Lulu Seikaly knows the challenges working families are facing. Lulu has spent her career in service to her community, fighting back against discrimination and injustice. I'm proud to endorse her and look forward to seeing her fight for working families in north Texas in Congress."

Nikema Williams, Georgia's 5th Congressional District
"After the tragic loss of the iconic Congressman John Lewis this year, Georgia deserves a successor with a proven track record of fighting for the vision he stood for--that's Nikema Williams. Nikema is an excellent public servant, a champion for marginalized communities, and a self-described student of the John Lewis school of politics. She will continue to make us proud in Congress." 

About Secretary Julián Castro

Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation. In October 2018, Little, Brown published Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. Secretary Castro launched People First Future in May to help elect bold, progressive candidates whose campaigns are focused on improving the lives of all people they hope to represent. Follow Julián Castro on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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