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Latino Daily News

Wednesday July 6, 2011

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Doesn’t Plan on Leaving Office Anytime Soon

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Doesn’t Plan on Leaving Office Anytime Soon

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With his blasts of Gov. Rick Perry, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has quickly made both friends and enemies.

At a recent gathering of Hispanic leaders, Mayor Castro called the immigration agenda of Perry and other like-minded Republicans the most “anti-Latino” in a generation.

After the gathering, Castro told the National Association of Latino and Elected Appointed Officials (NALEO), “That was me basically saying, `Look, you’re not going to do all these things and act as though everything’s fine.”

With comments and opinions like that, Castro, 36, has identified himself as one of America’s most prominent Latino politicians. He is currently just starting his second term as Mayor of San Antonio, and while butting heads with Gov. Perry, Castro is has gotten praise from pretty high places.

First Lady Michelle Obama has acknowledged Castro’s fitness initiatives in San Antonio, as the city is one of the nation’s most overweight, with two-thirds of the city’s population being obese or overweight.

With all the exposure, many have wondered if Castro has an eye out for the governor’s mansion or perhaps a seat in Congress.

However, Castro says he’s not likely to change offices anytime soon.

“This was a job I really did look forward to growing up, when I thought about politics,” Castro said. “So I’m not in a hurry to leave.”