Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for governor; announcement today in Austin

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for governor; announcement today in Austin

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez to run for governor; announcement today in Austin

It's official, and this time it's for sure: Lupe Valdez is resigning her post as sheriff of Dallas County to run for governor of Texas.

"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", Valdez said in a written statement published by the Texas Tribune. She's clashed with Abbott over federal immigration detainers and says opportunity is "out of reach" for many Texans. "That's why I'm running for Texas governor".

Houston investor Andrew White will declare his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor Thursday, Dec. 7.

Any Democrat running for governor faces a steep climb against Abbott, who easily defeated the party's 2014 nominee, Wendy Davis, and has built a $40 million-plus war chest for re-election.

First 21st Century Democrat to win statewide office in Texas.

Valdez, a former senior agent for the U.S. Customs Service in the Department of Homeland Security, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia a year ago but she is largely unknown outside of North Texas.

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

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

Abbott now remains unopposed going into the Republican primary.

Abbott's campaign did not have any immediate reaction to Valdez's candidacy.

The Dallas sheriff immediately becomes the highest profile Democratic candidate for a party that has seemingly had difficulty recruiting someone to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. Hours after she formally announced, his campaign team trumpeted an endorsement by the Dallas Police Association, a notable law-enforcement group in Valdez' hometown.

The Dallas County Sheriff stepped down from that job, looking for a bigger one.

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.

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