Lupe Valdez, a Democratic candidate for governor, has declared migrant worker roots

by Garry Watts December 8, 2017, 1:33
Lupe Valdez, a Democratic candidate for governor, has declared migrant worker roots

Last week, Dallas County Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Donovan told WFAA that Valdez meant to quit and run for governor.

"Like so many hardworking Texans, I know it's tough deciding between buying food, finding a decent place to live, and setting aside money for college tuition".

Democrat Lupe Valdez has signed paperwork to run for Texas governor, saying the state's Republican-controlled government shouldn't keep "putting a spin on lies and creating fear". Her announcement Wednesday makes her the most prominent Democrat in the race after bigger names passed on trying to break Republicans' 22-year hold on the Texas governor's mansion.

Valdez's actions and those of fellow sanctuary sheriff, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, led to the creation and passage of Texas' SB4 Sanctuary City Law. The son of the late Governor Mark White is making the announcement one day after former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced hers. With five days left before the filing deadline, Valdez joins six "little known Democrats" in running for the top spot on the ticket, the Tribune wrote.

Valdez has been the sheriff of Dallas County for 12 years.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who faces no major GOP opponent, filed his bid for reelection earlier this month.

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The 70-year-old Valdez is an Army veteran and was Texas' first openly gay female sheriff.

And those are some of the reasons why Valdez says, "She's in".

Democratic consultant Ed Espinoza, with the group Progress Texas, said despite any Democrat who runs has a shot at defeating Abbott in November. But the true Democratic heavyweights took a pass, including Julian Castro, who was President Barack Obama's housing secretary and is a former mayor of San Antonio. "They would have questions about us and what our motives are". Valdez said she's running to give every Texan the opportunity they deserve.

Valdez was among about 40 female sheriffs in the US, a number that amounts to only about 1 percent of the total sheriff population, according to the National Sheriffs Association. She's the only Democratic candidate that is now an elected official, and is the most well-known of the seven Democratic challengers Abbott is facing so far.

Following Valdez' resignation, the Dallas County Commissioner's Court will select a temporary replacement sheriff. She'll be an underdog in Texas, which hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994. That winter, Valdez stated that her office would no longer honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for Dallas County Jail inmates who would otherwise be released on bail.


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