Julián Castro

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro dove into several main themes during his annual United State of the City address downtown. Among them were health care, education, downtown revitalization and the arts.

The address was reminiscent of President Obama's State of the Union speech when Castro introduced Tracy Mayon and her four-year-old daughter, Haylee, who is a Pre-K 4 SA student this year.

The mayor said afterward in a small gathering of press that early childhood education is the issue above all others.

Pre-K 4 SA is growing by two education centers in the fall. That means construction will soon be underway as the public gets its first look at the new center designs.

The centers, said CEO Kathy Bruck, are still heaps of dirt. But leaders are giving the first look at the new centers, which will hold up to 350 students when school begins.

The new centers means that Mayor Julián Castro's vision will be fully operational in the program's second year.

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Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

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Update (4:40 p.m.): Mayor Julián Castro and state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte joined Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in San Antonio to support the rollout of the her pre-K campaign platform.

The three drummed up support from lawmakers, teachers and parents at San Antonio’s Amando Leal Middle School.

Van De Putte, who is running for lieutenant governor, said that she and Davis intend to make sure every business gets quality employees who have a great start when it comes to education.

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has offered Dan Patrick, one of the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor, several dates for debate on the topic of immigration. The debate was spurred by a Twitter exchange between the two men in January.

Castro said he had grown sick of the rhetoric regarding the topic of immigration and singled out Patrick as being "anti-immigrant."

"Dan Patrick is scapegoating immigrants and using fear as a means to try to win votes and try and get elected lieutenant governor," Castro said.

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