Maricopa County
Democratic Party

Remembering and Honoring Gov. Raul Castro


Former Gov. Raul Castro, Arizona's only governor of Latino heritage, has passed away at the age of 98.

Gov. Castro was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico and immigrated with his family to Arizona when he was 10 years old.

Overcoming the challenges of poverty and discrimination while growing up, Gov. Castro leaves an example of dignity and selfless service to our state and country.

Gov. Castro was elected Pima County Attorney and subsequently a Superior Court judge. He served as ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina.

Closest to the hearts of his fellow Arizonans, he was elected our 14th governor in 1974.

Today, we mourn his passing as we remember his legacy of service and accomplishment. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

With deepest respect,

Kelli Butler
Chair, Maricopa County Democratic Party