DALLAS -- Dallas County Sheriff Guadalupe "Lupe" Valdez is resigning as Dallas County Sheriff and plans to run for Texas Governor against Greg Abbott.
Valdez made the announcement early Wednesday morning and plans to hold a press conference later today to announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
“Like so many hardworking Texans, I know it’s tough deciding between buying food, finding a decent place to live, and setting aside money for college tuition. Opportunity in Texas ought to be as big as this great state, but it is out of reach for far too many, that’s why I’m running for Texas Governor,” said Lupe Valdez. “I’m a proud Texas Democrat. I believe good government can make people’s lives better, and I intend to do just that.”
Valdez was first elected in 2004 and has been the Dallas County Sheriff for the past 13 years. She's notably the only gay, female, hispanic sheriff in the state.
Valdez and Abbott have previously clashed on issues, particularly regarding immigration and law enforcement.
In 2015, Valdez said the jail would not detain immigrants for more than 48 hours for minor offenses if federal officials had not retrieved them. Abbott has threatened to withdraw state funds going to so-called "sanctuary cities".