Dr. Hector Castillo is a licensed medical doctor, ophthalmologist, immigrant, and true family man running as a Republican candidate for election to the U.S. House to represent New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District. Castillo declared candidacy for the Republican primary on June 2, 2020.
Some of Hector’s stances include:
Bringing back Tax Dollars from Washington D.C: “…I plan to work together with Congress and the President to ensure that New Jersey gets what it pays for in federal tax dollars. My mission is to work on legislation that will increase the amount of federal tax dollars available for social and governmental projects, working with NGOs, religious, and community groups to plug up the cracks in our broken tax system.”
We need to work with our President: “Today, New Jersey, a majority of Congress, and Senators are decidedly run by the Democratic Party. We have seen them interfere in our Presidents’ initiatives, denying the American People a country that will stay Great for years to come. Working with our Senate and with President Trump will increase the viability of our state’s economy, just as the President has done for the nation.”
Focus on Healthcare for the American people: “As a licensed medical doctor, I have worked with insurance in the medical field all my career. The ACA has failed to alleviate any of the problems that I have personally seen as a practicing doctor for over 30 years. If elected, I want to work on legislation that will allow for a more streamlined medical insurance program, which adopts on our national insurance model, Medicaid. A Medicaid for all low-income families will help millions of working-class Americans, provide relief to small businesses, and give peace of mind to New Jersey families.”
To get to know the real Hector, it’s important to know that he immigrated to the United States at 11 years old. As the son of Peruvian working-class parents, Dr. Castillo worked his way through high school and graduated with honors from John Paul VI High School at the age of 16. He decided to work towards becoming a doctor and attended Seton Hall University, receiving a B.S in Biology and a B.S in Chemistry. He later received a Master of Administrative Science from Farleigh Dickinson University. After attending medical school and serving his hospital residency at Harlem Hospital for Columbia University, Dr. Castillo opened his first office in Paterson, New Jersey, to serve the Spanish speaking communities of one of New Jersey’s largest cities and opened another office in Oakland, New Jersey. He now lives in the community he’s served for many years, Paterson, with his loving wife Mina and their seven children.
Through his work in the community, Dr. Castillo became in touch with many different members of the city, listening to their concerns with an open mind. In 2009, Dr. Castillo was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and needed emergency surgery to correct his vertebrae which had deteriorated to almost nothing. He recovered after 6 months with a new lease on life and was determined to be the change that he has tried to realize over his more than 30-year career as a Medical Doctor.
Throughout his life experiences, Hector has been driven by politics to show how he has taken advantage of the opportunities this country has given him and to fight for the opportunities of others. Hector’s political career began in 2005 when he ran for Governor of New Jersey as an independent but lost to Jon Corzine. After his life-threatening diagnosis in 2009, his resolve became even stronger to make a difference for his community and so he ran as a 2013 Republican candidate for District 35 of the NJ State Senate followed by a 2016 run for election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District. Whether it’s his career, his family life, or politics, Hector refuses to give up in order to serve others and is looking forward to the upcoming Republican primary in June to continue to stand with the people.
By Sarde Gumalo