Dallas County Sheriff Resigns To Enter Texas Governor’s Race
Today Lupe Valdez, Dallas County sheriff, resigned to run for governor of Texas, against the incumbent Republican Greg Abbott.
Valdez, who is 70, tendered her resignation, effective today. During her speech, Valdez talked about her childhood as a migrant farmers daughter. She also spoke about knowing how it feels to have to decide if the family’s income would be spent on food or rent.
In an announcement speech peppered with Spanish phrases after filing her candidacy for governor in Austin, Valdez recounted her upbringing as a migrant farmer’s daughter and pitched a vision of a campaign that would reach out to a diverse group of Texans.
Valdez’s past experiences include a stint as an army veteran and an immigrations agent before becoming Sheriff of Dallas County.
Valdez was also head of the Dallas County Bail Bond Board which oversees the bail process and bail bond companies in Dallas County.
Valdez was elected sheriff in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and finally again in 2016.