Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez makes gubernatorial bid official

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez makes gubernatorial bid official

Valdez, the state's first Hispanic female sheriff and the state's first openly gay sheriff, says she stepped down from the job Wednesday morning so she could run for statewide office. Because she has three years left in her current term, Valdez was forced under state law to resign as sheriff to run for governor. Similarly, Valdez told the Democratic National Convention in July 2016: "I am the youngest of eight children born to migrant workers". "I believe good government can make people's lives better, and I intend to do just that".

Valdez already has the support of much of the state Democratic establishment behind her.

The new "sanctuary cities" law, known as SB4, is Abbott's toughest crackdown on immigration and was partly fueled by Valdez's decision in 2015 that Dallas jails would stop automatically honoring federal immigration detainers for minor offenses.

Under the Texas Constitution, Valdez is required to step down in order to run for another office. "I don't see her winning".

Valdez said she was undaunted by Abbott's campaign fund-raising edge or the fact the state has voted overwhelmingly Republican for years. "Democrats picked up a half million votes in the last election, and republications barely moved the radar", said Espinoza.

Until Wednesday, six little-known Democrats had filed to challenge Republican Gov.

Jones noted that an "ideal candidate" would be someone with more name recognition, such as Julián or Joaquin Castro, but that Valdez "is a second-best option".

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"The definition of an optimist is a black Democrat running in Texas", he quipped. Andrew White, son of late Gov. Mark White, is expected to throw his hat into the ring - marking the eighth Democrat to enter the race - on Thursday in Houston. "They can't just win with democratic voters, they have to turn out Democrats".

Valdez's presence on the ticket may help down-ballot Democrats by increasing turnout, but defeating Abbott and his $40 million war chest is another matter.

Abbott, now seeking a second term, often polls as the state's most popular elected official.

"I think we're going to raise whatever money's necessary".

"If we listen to each other ... we can make changes", Valdez said.

In an interview Monday, Payne spoke warmly of the possibility that there would be two gay gubernatorial candidates - himself and Valdez - suggesting it would be a sign of progress for the LGBT community in Texas. "We need to let the people know that we're here", she said. 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.

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. "I think we'd be a great match".

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