Julian Castro on Government Reform

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary


Eliminate the Electoral College

Castro on Electoral College: It should be eliminated.

16 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Michael Bennet; Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; Jay Inslee; Amy Klobuchar; Wayne Messam; Seth Moulton; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.

12 Democratic presidential candidates have explicitly called for the abolition of the Electoral College, while 5 others have said they are open to the idea.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Mandate paper ballots

Castro on Election Security: Mandate paper ballots.

11 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Michael Bennet; Cory Booker; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; Amy Klobuchar; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren.

Election security experts overwhelmingly consider paper ballots the most secure form of voting. That mandate is part of the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, which would also require post-election risk-limiting audits.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Require candidates to release tax returns

I support making it a requirement by statute, Congress passing a law that requires people who are running for president to submit 10 years of their tax returns. It is astonishing that this president still has not released his taxes. I look forward to releasing 10 years of my tax returns. If you have nothing to hide, then there should be no problem releasing those tax returns.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

We need election security against foreign interference

We need a standard for cybersecurity for our elections. It is absolutely amazing that in county after county they have different voting machines, different standards for how they handle information. There's no one uniform standard to ensure that there's absolute security and integrity of the franchise. I would fund communities to be able to upgrade their equipment. I think that we need to create a paper trail, so that have a check on how people voted.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 11, 2019

1995: Studied overcoming minority voter disenfranchisement

Luis Fraga joined the Stanford faculty in 1991, the year before Joaquin & I arrived. His courses focused on the impact of minority voting on the democratic process, particularly in urban communities. Joaquin & I sat down in his class, "Urban Politics & Policy," where he spent more than an hour passionately breaking down discriminatory election structures. Never before had a class aligned so completely with my life experiences.

Luis believed that minority elected officials could and should represent both their own communities and the larger community effectively.

Joaquin and I were familiar with the perspective of those fighting for the rights of one marginalized group. Luis was showing us that although that fight was worthy, it was vital to think about how EVERYBODY had to contribute so that we all could progress past the point of disenfranchisement. He said, "Candidates, especially minority candidates, are best served by appealing to an informed public interest. We all win that way."

Source: An Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro, p.121 , Oct 16, 2018

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Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

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Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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