Democrat Lupe Valdez resigned as Dallas County sheriff Wednesday to run for governor against incumbent Republican Greg Abbott.
In an announcement speech peppered with Spanish phrases after filing her candidacy for governor in Austin, Valdez recounted her upbringing as a migrant farmer’s daughter and pitched a vision of a campaign that would reach out to a diverse group of Texans.
“If we listen to each other — we listen to the worker, the farmer, rancher, the business owner, the doctor, the police officer and everybody else in Texas that is involved, we can make changes,” she said. “So I’m stepping up. Estoy obligada. [I am obligated]. For Texas, for everyone’s fair share to get ahead. I’m in.
“I’m a proud Texas Democrat and I believe in common-sense government. That’s why I’m running for Texas governor. I’ve dedicated my life to defending Texas, and I’m not done yet.”
Valdez, 70, announced her resignation as sheriff, effective Wednesday, in a letter to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins that was dated Nov. 28.