DALLAS, TX — Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez said Monday in an interview she is considering running against Gov. Greg Abbott in Texas’ 2018 gubernatorial race. She told Texas Tribune she is in the "exploratory process," meaning she has not decided at this time if she will enter the race. Should she run, Valdez face off with other Democratic contenders in the March 2018 primary.
Valdez has until Dec. 11, 2017 to file for the primaries. She indicated she believes Texas’ Republican-dominated system would benefit from the introduction of a Democratic governor.
"Too much of one thing corrupts, and I’m a strong believer in a two-party system," Valdez told Texas Tribune. "I’m hoping that enough people are seeing that too much one-sided is not healthy for Texas."
Valdez is the only female Hispanic sheriff in the United States and only one of four female sheriffs in Texas. According to Dallas County’s website, Valdez has experience in homeland security and anti-terrorism investigations.
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Valdez and Abbott went head-to-head in 2015 over a ‘sanctuary cities’ bill that Abbott later signed into Law. Abbott penned a letter to Valdez in October 2015 warning her, "Your decision to not fully honor U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) requests to detain criminal immigrants poses a serious danger to Texans." Abbott also wrote, "The State must also enact laws that make it illegal for a Sheriff’s Department to not honor a federal immigration detainer request."
Valdez said her department honored all 2,500 federal requests in 2016 and rejected only two in 2015, WFAA reported.
Primary elections will be held March 6, 2018 in Texas. You can register to vote or verify your voter registration here. Texas will hold an election for governor Nov. 6, 2018.
At this time, Garry Brown, Cedric Davis, Jeffrey Payne and Thomas Wakely have declared intent to run as Democratic candidates for Texas governor. Larry "SECEDE" Kilgore has declared his spot on the 2018 Republican ticket and will challenge Greg Abbott, who is running for reelection. Kilgore ran for the seat in 2014, but lost the Republican nomination in the primary. And yes, Kilgore actually changed his middle name to SECEDE in 2012.
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