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Castro, Warren, Harris to speak at Texas Democratic virtual convention

Castro, Warren, Harris to speak at Texas Democratic virtual convention

Former 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Overnight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Harris: Americans able to 'breathe easier and sleep better' under Biden MORE (Calif.), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will speak at the Texas Democratic Party's virtual state convention in June. 

"Their hard work and leadership as elected officials and former presidential candidates pushed our party and our country forward, and we are thrilled that they will be joining us at our convention," the party's chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Castro also served as the mayor of San Antonio.

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Warren and Harris are among the women former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE is considering for his running mate. 

Hinojosa went on to tout Democratic efforts to flip Texas blue up and down the ballot in November. 

“Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country. We will win the White House, take out John CornynJohn Cornyn15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Cornyn defends controversial tweet as not about Biden's competency Media complicity in rise of the 'zombie president' conspiracy MORE, elect more Texas Democrats to Congress, break the supermajority in the Texas Senate, take back the Texas House, and win hundreds of local races across the state," he said. "Together, we will win up and down the ballot.”

The convention will take place during the first week of June when the state's 228 delegates will be elected to represent the Lone Star State at the Democratic National Convention in August. 

The virtual gathering could set an example for how other state parties will hold their conventions amid the coronavirus pandemic. The party will conduct the gathering on two channels — one dedicated to party business, like voting, and the other for guest speakers and performers. Voting preferences will be submitted over Google Forms.