Why I am a Democrat: Julio Castilleja

Julio is originally from McAllen Texas, in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. He moved to Oregon in 2004 with his family and has been an Oregonian now for 16 years. Julio packed up his family and moved to Oregon for the outdoors and open minds. He has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur owning businesses in electrical contracting, food and beverage, and communications. He is currently a Realtor and advisor working in the world of Regenerative Real Estate Development. Recently Julio and his wife purchased a home in Corbett Oregon where they are in the process of starting a farm and education center. 

1. Why did you become involved in the Democratic Party of Multnomah County?
As soon as I decided to get involved in politics, the first thing I did was sign up with the Multnomah County Democrats. I really enjoy the people in the organization. Being part of a political party has many challenges, but the commitment my fellow members have shown to improving the party inspires me. 

2. What are some of the things you do for the Multnomah Democrats?
I have been an elected PCP for two and a half years. Since being elected I have been a Neighborhood Leader, Alternate Delegate to the State Central Committee, and recently was elected to become the District Leader of House District 52. Shortly after that, I became the Chair of the Community Action Committee at Multnomah County Democrats. I am also a member of the Racial Inclusivity Work Group and the New Deal Caucus.  

3. Who influenced your decision to become involved? 
Since I can remember I have always wanted to enter into politics, but avoided it. It wasn’t until the 2016 election that I realized I couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore. If positive change was going to happen, I wanted to be a part of it. 

4. What’s making you hopeful right now?
The amazing energy I feel from people who are inspired to get active and make good trouble.  

5. What advice can you provide to our local democrats for the upcoming election?
Take every moment, and make every effort, to make sure people vote.