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Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, is running for governor

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, is running for governor

News reports last week had her on the verge of resigning her position as sheriff to run, but she delayed that formal announcement until Wednesday.

After the announcement, she thanked the handful of supporters in the room, even dancing and hugging a few. "Opportunity in Texas ought to be as big as this great state, but it is out of reach for far too many, that's why I'm running for Texas Governor", said Valdez.

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.

"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 written statement published by the Texas Tribune. They will now appoint an interim sheriff until her replacement is elected.

"We helped build trust in the community", said Valdez.

Valdez, the state's first Hispanic female sheriff and the state's first openly gay sheriff, says she stepped down from the job Wednesday morning so she could run for statewide office.

But considering how they've been doing in Texas, "Dem" are some long odds.

"If you see Abbott playing in the Democratic races at all before March, you're watching a governor try to choose his opponent. Nobody is looking for 'Trump-light.' We've got to do something completely different", Espinoza said.




Abbott now remains unopposed going into the Republican primary. And neither she nor her press people were considerate enough to alert the city's only daily newspaper that she was headed to Austin to formally announce her run for governor.

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

Abbott's campaign was quick off the mark, publicizing his endorsement by the Dallas Police Association and releasing a video that likened the Democrats' search for a top candidate to a dating site where all the best matches were unavailable, with Valdez emerging as an eagerly embraced afterthought.

Texas hasn't had a Democratic governor since Ann Richards and that was more than 20 years ago. "I'm a proud Texas Democrat. They haven't won a statewide election in Texas since 1994", said Mackowiak.

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

"I think we're going to raise whatever money's necessary".

In 2015, Valdez got crosswise with Abbott when she announced her department would decide whether to turn over undocumented offenders to federal immigration authorities on a case-by-case basis.

Others who have filed as Democrats to challenge Abbott include Houston electronics businessman Joe Mumbach, Dallas financial analyst Adrian Ocegueda, retired Flint teacher Grady Yarbrough, former Balch Springs mayor Cedric Davis Sr. and San Antonio businessman Tom Wakely. State Democratic leaders hope that Valdez's heritage-she peppered her announcement speech with Spanish phrases, and took questions from reporters in both Spanish and English-will improve turnout among the state's large and growing Latino population.


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