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Dallas Sheriff May Run for Governor

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is reportedly considering entering the race for governor of Texas.

Valdez, a Democrat, told the Texas Tribune that she is in the "exploratory process" of making a bid for governor. Valdez says that she is considering running because she believes Texas has had Republican leadership for too long.

"Too much of one thing corrupts, and I'm a strong believer in a two-party system," Valdez told the Texas Tribune. "I'm hoping that enough people are seeing that too much one-sided is not healthy for Texas."

Valdez has served as Dallas County Sheriff, since being elected in 2004. In 2014, Valdez clashed with Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, over her department's compliance with federal immigration authorities.

If Valdez joined the race, she would face Garry Brown, an Austin resident; Tom Wakely, a San Antonio hospice owner; Cedric Davis, former mayor of Balch Springs; and Jeffrey Payne, a Dallas businessman for the Democratic nomination for governor. Houston businessman Andrew White and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) have also been speculated as potential candidates.

Filing for state office begins on November 11th and runs through December 11th.

Photo by Southern Methodist University

Photo by Southern Methodist University

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