Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro has said he supports giving Washington, D.C., statehood. 

Speaking with activists from 51 for 51, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary expressed his support according to a video posted by the group Tuesday. 

“I believe in D.C. statehood and I absolutely would support that,” Castro said. 

The group said in a statement Tuesday that Castro joins 10 other candidates including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) as well as former candidate Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (D-Calif.) in wanting the District to become a state.


“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 the group’s campaign manager Stasha Rhodes in the statement. “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 of 20 progressive groups advocating for D.C. statehood.  

Castro is among more than two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The former San Antonio Mayor is scheduled to appear in the Democratic debates this week. 

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