Julián Castro Becomes 12th Presidential Candidate to Endorse 51 for 51
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Detroit — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro told activists that he supports bypassing the filibuster in order to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state with 51 votes in the Senate.
As democracy reform becomes a key election issue, young D.C. natives have been traveling the country urging candidates to not only voice their support for D.C. statehood, but to back a Senate rule change that would make statehood a reality. 51 for 51 is leading the national grassroots effort to get presidential candidates to endorse D.C. statehood moving forward with a simple majority vote in the senate.
Castro is the 12th presidential candidate to pledged his support for championing democracy and ending the disenfranchisement of the 700,000 tax-paying residents of Washington, D.C.
View video of Secretary Castro committing to making D.C. the 51st state with a simple majority in the Senate HERE.
In addition to Castro, and former candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell, the 2020 presidential candidates who have voiced their support for the 51 for 51 campaign include:
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Rep. Tim Ryan
- Gov. Steve Bullock
- Rep. John Delaney
- Gov. Jay Inslee
- Andrew Yang
- Mayor Bill de Blasio
- Gov. John Hickenlooper
“51 for 51 applauds Secretary Castro for committing to the fight for equal voting rights, for the Americans living in our nation’s capital,” said Campaign Manager Stasha Rhodes. “It is one thing to support D.C. statehood in theory, but we know that bold action is needed to overcome obstruction in the Senate. That’s why Secretary Castro’s pledge is so important.”
51 for 51 is a coalition comprised of D.C.-based and national groups committed to equal representation rights for D.C.’s over 700,000 residents. The coalition of 20 progressive groups says American citizens living in the District deserve a voice in Congress and control over their own local laws.