Sanctuary Sheriff Lupe Valdez Announces Run for Texas Governor

  • Sanctuary Sheriff Lupe Valdez Announces Run for Texas Governor

Sanctuary Sheriff Lupe Valdez Announces Run for Texas Governor

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced Wednesday morning that she is running for governor, giving Texas Democrats a serious candidate for the top job with five days until the candidate filing deadline for the 2018 primaries.

"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. That's why I'm running for Texas governor". "I believe good government can make people's lives better, and I intend to do just that".

Valdez is now serving her fourth term as Dallas County sheriff, and drew national headlines when she was first elected in 2004 as the nation's first openly gay Hispanic sheriff.

Valdez is easily the most high-profile Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for 2018-Democrats couldn't talk either of the Castros, Dallas representative Rafael Anchia, or actor Eva Longoria into what is likely to be a doomed campaign-and the all but certain victor of her party's primary.

She'll run against more than a half dozen candidates in the Democratic Primary.

Democrat Lupe Valdez has been the sheriff of Dallas County for 12 years. After holding a short press conference, Valdez then thanked several of her supporters in attendance before leaving for a flight back to Dallas. Texas has not elected a Democrat to statewide office in over two decades. At the time, Abbott responded by threatening to pull $250 million in criminal justice grants to counties that followed Valdez's lead, though Dallas never lost any funds.

Valdez said she was undaunted by Abbott's campaign fund-raising edge or the fact the state has voted overwhelmingly Republican for years. Her statement drew harsh criticism from Governor Abbott who said, "sanctuary city policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas".

Abbott now remains unopposed going into the Republican primary.

Abbott declined comment, but announced that he'd won the Dallas Police Association Pac's endorsement.

Using a mock dating website called "DHarmony", the search clicks through 10 well-known Democrats who declined to run against Abbott, from U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio to former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Davis.