San Antonians from both parties  today congratulated Mayor Julian Castro on his formal nomination by President Obama to become the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 1200 WOAI news reports,

"I want to thank you for the very important successes you have had as Mayor," businessman Red McCombs said.  "We know that you will continue in your new role to bring many successes to San Antonio."

  The Democratic activist group Battleground Texas said it is pleased that the country will see 'a spotlight on the growing bench of talented Democratic leaders in Texas.'

 President Obama praised Castro at the White House nomination ceremony, noting that "only in America could a story like his be possible," a reference to Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.

 Obama said in English and in Spanish that "Julian has lived the American dream."

 "Being nominated by President Obama is a blessing to me," Castro said.

 Long time civic leader Bill Greehey said Castro's nomination  is proof if his 'leadership and vision'

 "He has revitalized our downtown area, which benefits our community and the millions of tourists who visit  each year," Greehey said.

  Greehey also praised Castro for expanding and supporting the Haven for Hope homeless campus, which Greehey started.

. Businessman and philanthropist Harvey Najim praised Castro's 'bold, incisive leadership'

. Republican State Rep. Jason Villalba, who grew up in San Antonio, said he was 'inspired' by Castro's appointment.

  Castro has to be confirmed by the U.S, Senate, but that process is not expected to be contentious.  He could be in his new role as Housing Secretary by July, officials said.