Julián Castro releases 58 endorsements ahead of debate

Julián Castro’s presidential campaign rolled out dozens of endorsements Monday from current and former state and local elected officials, activists, community leaders, party leaders and Latino leaders.

In a bid to make a splash before Tuesday’s primary debate in Westerville, Ohio, Castro released a list of 50-plus endorsements first obtained by POLITICO. Castro is among the dozen candidates who have qualified to participate.

“Julián is not a lightweight. He can deliver a power punch and take one,” said former Texas state Rep. Norma Chàvez, who represented part of El Paso County from 1997 to 2011. “His Harvard debate skills prove he can debate assertively, and factually in the general election. Julián represents the values that will protect the Constitution, working families, the environment, health care, and voter rights. He is the right candidate at the right time.”