“We’re going to go out there and find great young talent,” he said. 

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“One of the advantages of not running [this cycle] is getting to spend time supporting people who are running, especially in Texas, but also in other states.”

It also backed two candidates who won their campaigns for seats in the Virginia General Assembly.

“The thrust of Opportunity First will be to support people who are running in the 2018 cycle. I’m happy to do it,” he said, when asked if this is laying the groundwork for a presidential run.

To do this, the PAC will have an arm that is more traditional in focus, boosting the campaigns of candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. The other side will support local, non-federal candidates. 

The PAC has already supported attorney Colin Allred, who worked for Castro at the HUD Department, in his bid for the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in the Dallas-based 32nd Congressional District.

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