Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for Texas governor

December 06, 2017 - 8:12 am

(KJCE) -- Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez will run for governor in 2018, her campaign said Wednesday morning.

Valdez filed her paperwork Wednesday morning in Austin. She becomes the seventh candidate to either file or announce on the Democrat primary slate.

“Like so many hardworking Texans, I know it’s tough deciding between buying food, finding a decent place to live, and setting aside money for college tuition. Opportunity in Texas ought to be as big as this great state, but it is out of reach for far too many, that’s why I’m running for Texas Governor,” said Valdez.

A Democrat has not held statewide office in Texas since 1998. The eventual primary winner will then face off against Greg Abbott, who has more than $40 million in his re-election war chest.

Pursuant to the Texas Constitution, Valdez is required to step down from her current office as soon as she files for the governor's race. Her campaign says she'll "officially notify" Dallas County officials Wednesday morning of her decision.

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