Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, kicks off gubernatorial bid in Dallas

Texas Tribune

DALLAS — Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County Sheriff, formally launched her Democratic bid for governor on Sunday, touting a campaign aimed at representing all Texans and listing a broad range of topics she plans to address as election season gets underway.

“Together, we need to build something new — a new Texas,” Valdez told a crowd of supporters here. “Opportunity should be as big as the Texas sky.”

Valdez, 70, announced late last year she was entering an already crowded and potentially competitive primary field. Ten Democrats are vying to face off with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in the November general election, including Valdez and Andrew White, the son of late Gov. Mark White. The eventual Democratic Party nominee faces long odds to unseat Abbott, who has a $40 million-plus war chest for re-election.

In her speech, Valdez knocked state lawmakers over their 2017 legislative session — referring to them as “people who were supposed to be serving us doing more harm than good” — and mentioned the state’s overcrowded classrooms and raising the minimum wage as issues she hopes to address as governor.

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