Monday, 11 December, 2017

Lupe Valdez, a Democratic candidate for governor, has declared migrant worker roots

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez speaks at a law enforcement panel discussion of Senate Bill 4 the so-called Sanctuary Cities Bill in Austin on Feb. 15 2017 Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for governor; announcement today in Austin
Stacy Diaz | 07 December, 2017, 09:21

Ending weeks of uncertainty, Dallas County Sheriff Guadalupe "Lupe" Valdez announced Wednesday she is running for governor, giving Texas Democrats a Hispanic standard-bearer they hope will boost minority turnout to end their two-decade drought at winning statewide office.

"What I have found, when associations make decisions like that it's not the response of everybody in the association, it's the response of the leaders", Valdez said in response to the endorsement.

She is the second gay Democrat running for governor.

"I've dedicated my life to defending Texas, and I'm not done yet", said Valdez.

Here's a closer look at Valdez, the first openly gay, Hispanic sheriff in the country - and the Democratic party's highest-profile contender for the state's top slot. "I know what it is to have to decide if tuition or a decent place to live will the make the cut this month, but I also know the joy of sharing the little that we have with others".

Manny Garcia, deputy chairman for the Texas Democratic Party, said White's announcement should complete the field of candidates they are expecting will run for governor. "So, I'm stepping up for Texas, for everyone's fair shot to get ahead".

Valdez, 70, is an Army veteran and was a former agent for the Department of Homeland Security before becoming Dallas' sheriff 13 years ago. I'm a proud Texas Democrat.

He often polls as the most popular politician in Texas and already has more than $40 million with which to campaign. Abbott may have the money.

That's a goal easier said than done. Early in her tenure, she'd return calls fairly quickly and, on occasion, open up about the challenges she was facing in getting the county's troubled jail system fixed. They have to basically win the independent vote, and they have to win probably about 25 percent of the Republican vote.

Dallas County Administrator Darryl Martin told The Texas Tribune on Wednesday that Valdez is required under the Texas Constitution to continue serving in her capacity until a successor is sworn in.

Valdez brushed off the endorsement, suggesting to reporters that it does not reflect the view of the full membership of the association. He says democrats have tried the "moderate" thing - it doesn't work. Wendy Davis couldn't do it in 2014, when she was crushed by Republican Greg Abbott, who's sitting on a massive campaign account and a statewide political machine primed to keep him in office.

Valdez would face a steep uphill battle against Abbott.

"I don't think anyone thinks it's going to be easy".

"I think our expectation is that this will be a mobilization election, not a persuasion election", said Henson. "People loved Ann Richards", he said.

She was in her fourth term as sheriff. "She's an acceptable plan B", Jones says. 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.

Abbott and Valdez are not unfamiliar with one another.

But Valdez has never stood out as a political dynamo, somebody who can charm big-money donors or sweep voters off their feet with highfalutin rhetoric.