Bronx community leader, Jerry Castro, announced he has created an exploratory committee to run for office in the State of New York.
Mr. Castro, who has served as Executive Director of the Garifuna Coalition, Government Liaison, and the Director of Community Relations for the State Attorney General’s office, has been sought to be a candidate for office; Most notably a seat in the state legislature. Mr. Castro will become the first Garifuna-American to seek such position within the 50 states of the United States.
In addition to Mr. Castro’s professional experience, he also worked as a Community Organizer in the Bronx and in WashingtonDC. In the Bronx, he organized tenants to know their rights and parents to be involved in their children education. In nation’s capital of WashingtonDC, he worked tenants and community organizations to pressure the Mayor of Washington DC to restore monies and include the Housing Production Trust Fund in the District Capital Budget.
Politically, Mr. Castro was a member of one of BronxCounty powerful political youth organization, Bronx Young Democrats. This organization has produced leaders and legislators that includes: NYS Assemblyman Carl Hesttie, NYS Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr., NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano and New York City Council Majority Leader, Joel Rivera. In addition, Mr. Castro has been appointed to local planning board (#2-Bronx), served as New York City Department of Youth Community Development's Neighborhood Advisory Board (#3 Bronx) as its Vice Chair. He has worked as volunteer in many electoral local and presidential campaigns that includes Fernando Ferrer for Mayor (2001 and 2005), Al Gore for President (2000), Carl McCall for Governor (2002), John Kerry for President (2004), Spitzer for Governor (2006) and Barack Obama for President (2008).
“The committee has two main important functions”, said Mr. Castro. “One is to raise money to support the campaign and the message is going to carry and voter registration."