Former Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez is running to be the next Governor of Texas against incumbent Greg Abbott.
Background and Achievements
Lupe Valdez is a Texas native; she was born in San Antonio. Prior to becoming Dallas Sheriff, Lupe served as a Captain in the United States Army. Following her service in the army; she was an investigator in four United States Departments: the General Services Administration, Department of Agriculture, Customs Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. In 2004, Valdez defeated the 20-year Dallas sheriff incumbent. As sheriff, Valdez encouraged prison reform and changed the Dallas criminal justice system for the better; specifically improving life for mentally ill prisoners. She stayed in this position until 2017, when she announced her candidacy for governor. After winning her runoff election, Valdez became the first openly gay nominee for the Texas governorship.
Positions on Key Issues
- Supporter of women’s health and reproductive rights
- Supporter of equal pay for equal work
- Supporter of comprehensive gun reform
- Supporter of public education
Prospects & Opponents
Valdez is running against incumbent governor Greg Abbott, who is incredibly popular in Texas. Abbott is running for his second term; finishing his first term with a 59% approval rating. Abbott is running an incredibly wealthy campaign, as of January he raised over 40 million dollars for his campaign. However, because of the incredibly competitive Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz, feminists are hopeful that more Texans will vote for Democrats than ever before and bring Lupe to victory.
- Feminist Majority
- Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
- Stonewall Democrats of Dallas
- Various Unions
- Victory Fund