|Rep. Joaquin Castro|
Castro, who represents the southern suburbs and parts of western San Antonio in Congress, is one of the rising stars in the Democratic Party. He is a “good get” for the Indiana Democratic Party as it tries to reach out to a rapidly growing Latino population across Indiana.
When I was working with the David Sanders for Congress campaign as a volunteer in 2004, I did some research on some of Indiana’s small towns, and I was really surprised by the number of Latino and Hispanic families that have settled in these areas. Statewide, Indiana’s Latino population grew by 55 percent between 2000 and 2010. Marion County saw a huge jump more than doubling its population in that time.
Castro represents the changing face of the Congress as well. In the 112th Congress, 16 percent of Senators and Congresspersons were people of color. That’s up four percent from 2000 according to the National Journal. Castro is part of an even more diverse 113th Congress that just keeps changing but still, as the National Journal points out, lags well behind what America “looks like.”
It will be interesting to see what Castro has in store for the dinner on Friday. I tried to contact his campaign office to appear on the JohnnyStir Show this past Monday, but no one returned my e-mails.
The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is a huge fundraising event for the Indiana Democratic Party. It features pretty much anyone who’s anyone in the state level Democratic Party in a speaking role. I have attended two dinners in the past, and I always felt fired up and proud to be a Democrat afterwards.