Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez joins crowded governor's race

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez joins crowded governor's race

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 is the only Hispanic lesbian sheriff in the country, and one of few female sheriffs in Texas. Valdez's official announcement comes about a week after the has-she/hasn't-she uproar that erupted when someone in the Dallas County Democratic Party told media outlets that Valdez had already resigned as sheriff to enter the race. Valdez's campaign said she will "officially notify" Dallas County commissioners of her decision to run for governor this morning. Her office denied that, saying she was still "considering the next stage in her career". 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. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a second term in 2018. Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne filed to challenge Abbott on Monday.

Valdez was first elected sheriff in 2004.

Valdez said she was undaunted by Abbott's campaign fund-raising edge or the fact the state has voted overwhelmingly Republican for years. "We're going to have the people".

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Republicans said Wednesday her positions will make her an easy target for Abbott, who polls show riding a wave of popularity despite his support of several divisive issues during this year's legislative session, including the so-called bathroom bill that pitted conservatives against business interests in Texas.

Valdez brushed off the endorsement, suggesting to reporters that it does not reflect the view of the full membership of the association.

"We're having trouble finding a match", the video says, before Valdez's profile pops up.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Valdez also battled with Abbott in 2015 over jail protocol when she refused to hold immigrants who committed minor offenses for more than 48 hours after their original release date.

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