Congressman Joaquin Castro to campaign for NWA Democrats
Democratic Party of Arkansas Announces Details of Organizing Rally
for Irvin Camacho and Grimsley Graham
(SPRINGDALE) The Democratic Party of Arkansas is proud to announce that Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) will headline a campaign kickoff rally for Irvin Camacho and Grimsley Graham, candidates for State Representative in Northwest Arkansas. This event will be held at the Rodeo of the Ozarks Community Building in Springdale on Friday, March 4, 2016. The event is free and open to the public. Voter registration volunteers will be on hand.
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Congressman Joaquin Castro
Joaquin Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas. A second generation Mexican American, Joaquin has worked hard to seize the opportunities created by the sacrifices of his grandmother, Victoria, who came to Texas as a young orphan, and often worked two and three jobs at a time to be able to give her daughter (Joaquin’s mother, Rosie) and her grandchildren a better chance in life.
Joaquin Castro graduated with honors from Stanford University, attended Harvard Law School, and served five terms in the Texas legislature where he was at the forefront in proposing forward-thinking legislative reforms in the areas of mental health, teen pregnancy, and juvenile justice. In 2012, Joaquin was elected to serve in the U.S House of Representatives as representative of Texas Congressional District 20, which is the main district for San Antonio and Bexar County where he serves on the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He has also been named Chief Deputy Whip for House Democrats, charged with assisting in rallying members around important legislation.
Joaquin is married to Anna Flores, and they have one daughter, Andrea Elena Castro. Joaquin’s identical twin brother, Julián Castro, served three terms as Mayor of San Antonio until President Barack Obama appointed him as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 2014.
Joaquin’s respect for public service developed at a young age and was deeply influenced by his parents’ involvement in political movements and civic causes. His father, a retired teacher, and his mother, a renowned community activist, instilled in him a deep appreciation for the democratic process and the importance of community service.
Irvin Camacho, a well-known community activist and leader, is running for House District 89, which includes downtown Springdale. From an early age, Irvin developed a passion for his community. By advocating for the rights of voters, immigrants, students, and local business development, Irvin has made a positive impact in his community. As a policy maker, Irvin wants to make sure the voices of his community are heard at the State Capitol.
Grimsley is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he retired as a 1st Lieutenant after three years of active duty. He received a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas and has served as an Elder and Director of Education at the First Presbyterian Church of Rogers. He is a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels of Benton County and leads a stream team for the Beaver Watershed Alliance.