Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez will officially announce her candidacy for governor during a live event in Austin at 11:45 a.m., you can see it in the video player above.
On Wednesday morning, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced she was entering the race.
Speaking with reporters after filing, Valdez said she was undaunted by the challenge, particularly when it comes to fundraising. "That's why I'm running for Texas governor". "I believe good government can make people's lives better, and I intend to do just that".
Under the Texas Constitution, Valdez is required to step down in order to run for another office.
Others who have filed as Democrats to challenge Abbott include Houston electronics businessman Joe Mumbach, Dallas financial analyst Adrian Ocegueda, retired Flint teacher Grady Yarbrough, former Balch Springs mayor Cedric Davis Sr. and San Antonio businessman Tom Wakely. "It is a daunting prospect to go from sheriff of Dallas County to governor of the state of Texas", says Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.
Valdez made the announcement early Wednesday morning and plans to hold a press conference later today to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
Sheriff Lopez threw her hat in the ring Monday morning in what will likely be a lightly contested Democratic Party primary for the governor's slot on the November ballot.
In Valdez, 70, Democrats are now putting up a far different candidate: a one-time migrant worker and Army veteran with more than 40 years in law enforcement.
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While Valdez - the only current elected official among the eight candidates - immediately secures frontrunner status, she faces no guarantee of the kind of cakewalk to her party's nomination that former state Sen.
And that lack of resources for a Texas Democratic candidates, Henson said isn't new.
Valdez, a former senior agent for the U.S. Customs Service in the Department of Homeland Security, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia past year but she is largely unknown outside of North Texas.
Valdez was among about 40 female sheriffs in the US, a number that amounts to only about 1 percent of the total sheriff population, according to the National Sheriffs Association.
"Texas is not a red state, it's a nonvoting state", said Valdez. He has pressed the White House for billions of dollars in additional recovery aid, and state leaders drew high marks in a recent survey of Harvey-affected residents by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In 2015, Valdez got crosswise with Abbott when she announced her department would decide whether to turn over undocumented offenders to federal immigration authorities on a case-by-case basis.
As for Governor Abbott's strategy, Mackowiak said Abbott may rethink a strategy on the issue of immigration, now that Valdez is in the race.
"One of the problems that the democrats have is even though they actually have more people in Texas, at least according to the election in 2016, those people don't show up to vote in large enough numbers", Casagranda said.