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Why I Support Julian Castro for Mayor of San Antonio

For the last three months, I've been a volunteer to Mayoral Candidate, Julian Castro, helping his team on Social Media strategies. Television Commercial from Castro For Mayor on Vimeo. In working with the team, I had a chance to get to not only get to know Julian, but his team and most important, his supporters. I am a firm believer that the company you keep says a lot about you and who you are.  I could go on and on about the people I know, and got to know who are supporters of Julian. I found myself hard pressed to find someone I did not respect or admire in some way who supported him or was a volunteer on his campaign.  People of all ages were lining up at his headquarters to get involved in volunteer his time.   Our web based Town Hall Meetings were a first in San Antonio. When it comes down to it, I have two reasons I support Julian. 1.  He will get things done and serve our City's needs best. 2.  On the national and global stage, he can best represent our city for economic development. Julian represents the next generation of our great City.  I have a personal theory that as the economic recovery takes place, we are going to see companies re-thinking their expansion and re-tooling plans.  I really think San Antonio is on the verge of an economic and intellectual renaissance.   I really think that Julian is the right leader at the right time to lead and charge the way. Note:  For the record, I live in Alamo Heights,...

Julian Castro for Mayor Campaign to Hold College Night on Wednesday, April 1

The Julian Castro for Mayor (San Antonio) Campaign continues with more innovation on the Social Web. (Disclosure:  I am a volunteer consultant to the campaign). On Wednesday night, April 1, from 8 to 9 PM candidate Castro is going to hold an event for college students at his headquarters, 3003 Broadway, where they can come in person or log in online for an open Town Hall Meeting which will be broadcast on the Internet. We are seeking college students from all the colleges and community colleges in the metro San Antonio area.  In particular, I'd like see Political Science majors (and their Professors) take part to witness and be a part of the political process.  Please use #castro4myr as the hashtag on...

Guest Blogger, Randy Bear, writes about applying new technologies for civic good

In working on the Julian Castro for Mayor Campaign, I am getting to work with some amazingly smart people – including this person:  Randy Bear. During SXSW, Randy and I hung out at the event on the look-out for applications and concepts for the Castro campaign.  Here is his well articulated article…. This past weekend, as many of you are probably aware, I attended SXSWi in Austin. I had to cut the trip short to get some work in this week but it’s still going on. It was my first time but it’s definitely not going to be my last. I’m already planning my trip for next year and plan to pitch it at work as well. Never before have I seen such a great collection of creative web and social media enthusiasts as I did this past weekend. What’s even more exciting are the ideas I got to bring back to the Castro mayoral campaign. To continue that excitement I know Julian wants to talk about these ideas to see how we can help advance civic development in San Antonio through them. While I was there I ran into Alan Weinkrantz who I’m working with on the Castro campaign developing online strategies. Alan’s a great individual who helps promote social media and ideas across America. He’s a guest columnist with the Express-News and has been incredible to work with and share concepts with. In a blog posting after Friday’s ssession he hit on something I agree with – we are on our way to a creative and economic renaissance. As Alan puts it in his blog entry “with all this positive energy abound, I sense an...