2020 hopeful Castro tells NH voters that ‘everyone counts’

Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, speaks at Saint Anselm College, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (Mary Schwalm | The Associated Press)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democrat Julian Castro is in New Hampshire for the first time as a presidential candidate, and his message to voters is that he believes “everyone counts.”

The former Obama administration housing chief and San Antonio mayor was in New Hampshire before the November election campaigning for Democratic candidates. And he’s back again in the early primary state, where he’s citing his push as mayor to raise the sales tax to fund prekindergarten.

Castro drew applause during his appearance in Manchester when he promised to enact universal pre-K as president. New Hampshire has long prided itself on not having a sales tax, and only recently began providing significant state money for full-day kindergarten.
Castro kicked off his campaign Saturday, and his first stop as a candidate was in Puerto Rico.

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