Democrat Lupe Valdez provides photos indicating migrant worker roots

Dec 08, 2017
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Lupe Valdez’s campaign provided these photos in response to an American-Statesman inquiry. Kiefer Odell of the campaign said the photos, taken in 1950 or 1951, show Valdez as a child with her mother and brother. Odell said the family was working in the field.

Lupe Valdez, the just-resigned Dallas County sheriff seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, responded to an inquiry about her family’s roots by providing a pair of photographs.

On Thursday, Kiefer Odell of Valdez’s campaign, which was launched Wednesday, emailed the photos in reply to an inquiry from the fact-checking PolitiFact Texas project based at the Austin American-Statesman.

Odell said one photo shows Valdez, who was born in San Antonio, with her mother in a field worked by her family. Odell said the other photo shows the future sheriff between her mother and a brother.

Valdez has said that her family settled year-round in San Antonio, where she mostly grew up, by the time she was in school.

Before that, Odell said, Valdez’s family would migrate to fields up north to work during the spring and summer.

See our previous story on what’s been reported about Valdez’s family history here.