Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez joins crowded governor's race

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"I'm in", Lupe Valdez said Wednesday morning in Austin as she announced her candidacy for governor of Texas.

You've heard for years that Democrats think Texas could go "purple" soon.

First elected to the sheriff's office in 2004, Valdez was re-elected three more times in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Valdez is easily the most high-profile Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for 2018-Democrats couldn't talk either of the Castros, Dallas representative Rafael Anchia, or actor Eva Longoria into what is likely to be a doomed campaign-and the all but certain victor of her party's primary.

The announcement comes after media reports and speculation last week that she would file as a candidate in the Democratic primary.

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.

This year, Democratic Party officials said they are confident Valdez can draw out Hispanic voters disgusted with Republican Party policies on sanctuary cities, LGBT equality and other issues.

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Observers at this city's paper of record and elsewhere have reckoned that if Valdez can help mobilize Hispanic voters, sort of the sleeping giant of Texas politics, while boosting down-ticket candidates, then that may be a consolation prize to mounting a credible challenge to Republicans' statewide dominance in 2018.

Speculation has swirled publicly for weeks about whether Valdez would run, after she acknowledged she was "in the exploratory process" of starting a gubernatorial bid.

Valdez has been the sheriff of Dallas County for 12 years.

Several other lesser-known Democrats, including the son of a former Texas governor in the 1980s, are also running. Democrats haven't won the governorship in more than two decades. "We're going to have the people". Greg Abbott when she announced her department would decide whether to turn over undocumented offenders to federal immigration authorities on a case-by-case basis.

Valdez dismissed the endorsement as not reflecting the view of the association's full membership.

Using a mock dating website called "DHarmony", the search clicks through 10 well-known Democrats who declined to run against Abbott, from U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio to former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Davis.

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