Julián Castro and John Delaney to visit Johnson County this week

Johnson County will see two presidential hopefuls visit this week.



From left, Democratic presidential candidates New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), former housing secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and former Maryland congressman John Delaney take the stage during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/TNS) **FOR USE WITH THIS STORY ONLY**

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will speak on gun violence prevention at a town hall in North Liberty Wednesday. There, the Democratic presidential-nomination candidate will talk about his plan, released Aug. 9, that addresses mass shootings and gun violence and meet with Moms Demand Action volunteers. According to his website, Castro supports a gun buy-back program to reduce the number of guns in states.

His plan also calls for implementing an assault weapons ban, imposing “strict limits” on guns with high-capacity magazines, universal background checks, laws that restrict access to guns for a person whose at risk for harming themselves or others, and investing in violence-prevention programs.

After the Aug. 3 El Paso shooting and the Aug. 4 Dayton shooting left a combined total of more than 30 people killed and many injured in one weekend, gun violence has become a frequent topic of presidential hopefuls.

Former Democratic U.S. Representative from Maryland John Delaney will also be coming to Iowa City this week. The presidential hopeful will be hosting a book signing and meet and greet Thursday at High Ground Cafe. He authored “The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation” in 2018.

Here are the deets:

Julián Castro

North Liberty gun violence town hall: Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. North Liberty Rec Center 520 W. Cherry St. North Liberty.

John Delaney

Iowa City book signing: Thursday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at High Ground Cafe 301 E Market St, Iowa City.

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