Dallas County Sheriff to officially run for Texas Governor

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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.

After local Democrats bungled the opening of Lupe Valdez's gubernatorial campaign last week with a premature announcement that, disappointingly, resulted in zero headlines containing the phrase "Lupe Fiasco", the Dallas County Sheriff will actually resign her law enforcement post today to run for governor. Valdez's campaign said she will "officially notify" Dallas County commissioners of her decision to run for governor this morning.

Valdez said she looks forward to spending the next year speaking with Texans about issues such as healthcare and immigration, specifically addressing the fear many undocumented immigrants have of deportation. "I believe good government can make people's lives better, and I intend to do just that", said Valdez in a statement Wednesday morning.

First elected to the sheriff's office in 2004, Valdez was re-elected three more times in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Valdez faces an uphill battle in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than 20 years, against an incumbent, Gov. Greg Abbott, who trounced Wendy Davis with almost 60 percent of the vote in 2014. 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.

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

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.

Valdez told The Texas Tribune a month ago that she was looking at the possibility of challenging Abbott. He has pressed the White House for billions of dollars in additional recovery aid, and state leaders drew high marks in a recent survey of Harvey-affected residents by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Abbott criticized the move as a sanctuary city policy.

Going into the 2018 election cycle, the next step for Valdez is to secure the Democratic nomination for governor by winning the primary election in March. But Davis lost to Abbott by 20-points.

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