Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez, former San Antonian, announces run for governor

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

"I'm in", Lupe Valdez said Wednesday morning in Austin as she announced her candidacy for governor of Texas.

After the announcement, she thanked the handful of supporters in the room, even dancing and hugging a few. Her campaign said she will officially notify the Dallas County Commissioners Court of her decision to run for governor this morning.

"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", Valdez said in a statement before filing at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin.

Valdez resigned as sheriff as she filed.

"We helped build trust in the community", said Valdez. "For the Dreamers, if this isn't their country, they don't have a country", Valdez declared.

Valdez has had some firsts in her career, like becoming the first Hispanic female sheriff in Texas and the first openly gay sheriff in Texas.

But considering how they've been doing in Texas, "Dem" are some long odds. "People loved Ann Richards", he said. We've tried the republican light, the moderate thing it doesn't work.

Abbott now remains unopposed going into the Republican primary. Because she has three years left in her current term, Valdez was forced under state law to resign as sheriff to run for governor.

In the coming weeks, she will start traveling the state to introduce herself to Texans not to mention begin fundraising.

You've heard for years that Democrats think Texas could go "purple" soon. "We're going to have the people", added Valdez.

For Valdez, she doesn't want to feel that she's going overboard with the spending.

As for Governor Abbott's strategy, Mackowiak said Abbott may rethink a strategy on the issue of immigration, now that Valdez is in the race. The two have already butted heads over the issue of sanctuary cities.

Valdez is the latest of several Democrats to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott, the Republican incumbent.

Kirk, who ran as a Democrat for a U.S. Senate seat against Republican John Cornyn, knows that whoever wins the Democratic nomination stands to get crushed in the general election.

"We are now happy to see that the top of the ticket is getting filled out". But I think the time is now. "It will be about both parties bringing out their voters, rather than the candidates speaking to the voters; the members of the other party and trying to get them to move".

He remains popular among social conservatives who drive Texas politics and is steering the state through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which could become the costliest national disaster cleanup in US history. They have barely picked up votes in the last decade - look at the numbers.

"It is true our voter participation in Texas is down". For years, Democrats haven't been able to get within 20-points or so of Republican candidates. "I'm running for Texas governor".

Texas Democrats have faced uncomfortable questions for months about whether they can field a credible gubernatorial candidate. Valdez is the highest-profile Democrat to join the race.

Valdez's office has also faced criticism over an alleged lack of transparency around prisoner deaths and injuries. While her name may be known in the Dallas area, that's not the case statewide. "Not a lot of people would pick up the task that she's picking up".

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