Who Is Julian Castro?

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Standing before a similar crowd as Barack Obama eight years earlier, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro spoke before the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night as the party's keynote speaker. At only 37-years-old, Castro is not only one of the youngest politicians to be granted the honor of keynote speaker in the DNC's history, but he is also the first Latino to do so. 

In his speech, Castro spoke of his upbringing as the son of immigrants. "My grandmother didn't live to see us begin our lives in public service," he said. "But she probably would've thought it extraordinary that just two generations after she arrived in San Antonio, one grandson would be the mayor and the other would be on his way — the good people of San Antonio willing — to the United States Congress!" 

But who, exactly, is Julian Castro, and did his speech at last night's Democratic National Convention deliver? Sergio Bustos is politics editor at the Miami Herald and has followed Castro’s career closely.

Horacio Soberon-Ferrer is an independent Latino voter in Miami. He is still unsure of who he’ll vote for, and prior to last night, he knew almost nothing about Castro.
And Angel Garcia is registered as a Democrat, but considers himself an independent. He’s politically active, and leads protests, including protests against Democrats. He voted for Obama in the last national election, and thinks he will in this one as well. 
Horacio Soberon-Ferrer is an independent Latino voter in Miami. He is still unsure of who he’ll vote for, and prior to last night, he knew almost nothing about Castro.
And Angel Garcia is registered as a Democrat, but considers himself an independent. He’s politically active, and leads protests, including protests against Democrats. He voted for Obama in the last national election, and thinks he will in this one as well.