Friday, 15 December, 2017

"I'm in!" Lupe Valdez kicks off campaign for governor of Texas

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez, former San Antonian, announces run for governor Lupe Valdez Is Running for Governor
Freda Brock | 07 December, 2017, 09:21

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has filed paperwork to become a candidate for governor in the March Democratic primary. I don't believe that we need 40, 60, 90 gazillion dollars. "That is a very, very, very hard task for Democrats to do particularly when they're working at a disadvantage in a red state like Texas". "I know what it is to have to decide if tuition or a decent place to live will the make the cut this month, but I also know the joy of sharing the little that we have with others".

"Opportunity in Texas ought to be as big as this great state, but for far too long hard-working Texans have been left behind, kept out and frankly attacked for who they are, where they come from and who they love", she said. "We're here to make people's lives better, not hurt them", Valdez said, peppering her remarks with Spanish.

Valdez has been the sheriff of Dallas County for 12 years. Abbott may have the money.

"Abbott may have the money, but we're going to have the people", said Valdez.

That's a goal easier said than done. Republicans have picked up maybe 100,000 votes in 10 years.

Valdez delivered remarks and filed for governor at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin.

Valdez's actions and those of fellow sanctuary sheriff, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, led to the creation and passage of Texas' SB4 Sanctuary City Law. "I believe that it's going to take whatever is necessary and no more", said Valdez. But I think the time is now.

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Ed Espinoza, the Executive Director of Progress Texas, said it's good to see someone who isn't afraid to speak up about working people and is embracing progressive issues.

As Sheriff, she was vocal about disagreeing with Gov. Greg Abbott on issues like immigration and so-called "sanctuary cities".

The sheriff's department added its own statement: "The department thanks her for serving as our Sheriff for the last 13 years". Her office denied that, saying she was still "considering the next stage in her career". After the brutal death of a prisoner at the county jail in December 2016, the Dallas Morning News' editorial board knocked the sheriff for "pitiful reasoning" and being slow to recognize the severity of the incident. At the time, Abbott responded by threatening to pull $250 million in criminal justice grants to counties that followed Valdez's lead, though Dallas never lost any funds. Standing up to Abbott the way she did gave party officials confidence that she had enough fire in the belly to mount a statewide race.

In 1994, George W. Bush defeated Ann Richards, the last Democratic Governor.

But more than anything, Valdez has never had what SMU political science professor Cal Jillson calls "that Wendy Davis moment - the filibuster on the abortion bill that brought Wendy Davis to full statewide and national attention, which helped her raise $20 million right after she declared in 2014".

"Republican votes are stagnant in this state". "While he hasn't run for public office before, he is kind of playing that middle field to try to attract moderate voters in the Democratic Party but more so moderate voters on the Republican side, as well as independent voters".

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