One of the three major candidates running for governor of Texas owes more than $12,000 in property taxes, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.
The Chronicle reported this week that former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor, owes over $12,000 in property taxes on seven different properties. The properties, in question, include rental and residential properties, in addition to a vacant lot.
A spokesperson for Valdez's campaign issued a statement to the Austin American Statesman, stating that Valdez has made arrangements to pay the taxes.
“Sheriff Valdez has made arrangements to pay off 2017 property taxes and plans to do so entirely in the coming months,” spokesperson Juan Bautista Dominguez said. “The other year that Sheriff Valdez had overdue property taxes was 2015 and similar arrangements were made and fulfilled then.”
The Statesman also reported that a spokesperson stated that Valdez did not have the $12,000 in cash at the time of the bill, and that she is paying off what she owes.
Valdez is the Democratic candidate for governor. In November, she will face Republican incumbent Greg Abbott and Libertarian Mark Tippetts.