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Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for governor; announcement today in Austin

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for governor; announcement today in Austin

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is officially announcing her run for Texas Governor on December 6.

"Opportunity in Texas ought to be as big as this great state, but it is out of reach for far too many". Democrat Andrew White of Houston, whose late father, Mark, was an attorney who served as governor from 1983 through 1986, has indicated his intention to run for governor as well, though he has yet to file his candidacy.

Valdez was first elected sheriff in 2004.

Hours later, Abbott's camp released a YouTube video entitled "Can the Texas Democrats Find a Match?" that mocks the party's trouble finding a high-profile candidate to run for governor in what likely is a preview of how he will portray her in the upcoming campaign. Valdez is one of only two female sheriffs in the state, and she is the only openly-gay female sheriff in Texas.

Observers at this city's paper of record and elsewhere have reckoned that if Valdez can help mobilize Hispanic voters, sort of the sleeping giant of Texas politics, while boosting down-ticket candidates, then that may be a consolation prize to mounting a credible challenge to Republicans' statewide dominance in 2018. After the brutal death of a prisoner at the county jail in December 2016, the Dallas Morning News' editorial board knocked the sheriff for "pitiful reasoning" and being slow to recognize the severity of the incident.

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Several other lesser-known Democrats are also running. But Davis lost to Abbott by 20-points.

We haven't independently corroborated such details though we've emailed Valdez's campaign to elicit more detail. "Abbott may have the money - we're going to have the people". 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's campaign did not have any immediate reaction to Valdez's candidacy.

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