Democratic Dallas County sheriff to run for governor, reports say

9:12 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 Texas News & Politics
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez speaks during the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez plans to resign and run for governor, Dallas-area media reported Wednesday evening — news that was greeted with a sigh of relief from Texas Democrats who were facing the 2018 elections without a well-known name atop the ticket.

Serving her fourth term as sheriff, Valdez is considered a rising Democratic star and had a featured speaking role at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Cleveland. One of eight children of migrant farm workers, she is a lesbian U.S. Army veteran with more than 30 years in law enforcement who bills herself as the only Hispanic female sheriff in the United States.

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