Congressman Joaquin Castro to visit Victoria

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

June 4, 2014 at 1:04 a.m.
Updated June 5, 2014 at 1:05 a.m.

U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro will be in Victoria on June 16 to share his vision for the Lone Star State.

Castro will join Lt. Col. Wesley Reed, a Democratic Congressional candidate for Texas' 27th District, and local candidates at Club Westerner over a roast beef dinner. They will discuss topics ranging from equal pay to immigration reform and other key issues of the Democratic Party.

Cris Gonzales, the Victoria County Democratic Party chairman, said Castro's appearance will pump up voters in time for the Nov. 4 election.

"A lot of people have kind of written us off, but we're coming back," Gonzales said. "Victoria has always been a blue county. All the elected officials - county judge, treasurer and district clerk - were elected as Democrats, even though they flipped."

On the Democratic ticket, Ron Reyna is a candidate for county judge, Jennifer Foster for treasurer, Robert Cortez for county clerk and Jane Bernal for district clerk.

Castro, 39, represents the 20th Congressional District.

He and his twin brother, Julian Castro, who serves as the San Antonio mayor, are considered rising stars in Democratic politics. President Barack Obama recently nominated Julian Castro to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"I, for one, as a Latino, am just very proud of them," Gonzales said. "We feel very honored to have him come talk to us."

Already, the club, which seats about 500, is at half capacity. Tickets are broken down into three tiers with the lowest being $25 per person and the highest being $125 per person. The more expensive tickets get a seat closer to Castro, and the donor is able to participate in what's called a "social hour" at 5 p.m. before the event starts at 6 p.m.

Tables will be set up with literature about all the candidates and how to donate to their campaigns.

Tea and water will be served, and there is a cash bar.



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