The Texas Constitution requires Valdez to immediately step down as the Dallas County Sheriff when she formally makes her announcement. She didn't even bother to pick up the phone to chat with me on background about the report that she'd resigned last week.
After the announcement, she thanked the handful of supporters in the room, even dancing and hugging a few. Valdez said she's running to give every Texan the opportunity they deserve.
Valdez and Abbott have previously clashed on issues, particularly regarding immigration and law enforcement. "For the dreamers, if this isn't their country, they don't have a country".
Valdez's actions and those of fellow sanctuary sheriff, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, led to the creation and passage of Texas' SB4 Sanctuary City Law. "People loved Ann Richards", he said.
Meanwhile, candidates for Valdez's soon-to-be-vacant sheriff's job are lining up.
"Midterms have been harder for Democrats because progressive voters haven't had a reason to come out". "But the future of the Democratic Party is not going in the direction of moderation or Anglo candidates".
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"We're a party of a big - a broad - tent, and so there's always been Democrats who have been elected who are pro-life", Hinojosa said in the interview, noting that the decision is ultimately up to the voters. He has more than $40-million in his campaign account.
Hours later, Abbott's camp released a YouTube video entitled "Can the Texas Democrats Find a Match?" that mocks the party's trouble finding a high-profile candidate to run for governor in what likely is a preview of how he will portray her in the upcoming campaign. "They haven't won a statewide election in Texas since 1994", said Mackowiak.
Abbott now remains unopposed going into the Republican primary. She's had speaking slots at the Texas Democratic Convention and the Democratic National Convention, where she gave a prime-time speech a year ago.
"I think we're going to raise whatever money's necessary". "I don't believe that we need 40, 60, 90 bazillion dollars. It was a long shot - and I took my shot".
Abbott and Valdez are not unfamiliar with one another.
"You have a Latina candidate that I'm sure will run against Sanctuary cities: the bill that they passed, and perhaps other. related issues".
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Valdez must resign as sheriff to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.
"There were liberal Republicans and there were conservative Democrats". With five days left before the filing deadline, Valdez joins six "little known Democrats" in running for the top spot on the ticket, the Tribune wrote. "I think we'd be a great match".
"Republican votes are stagnant in this state".
Regardless of what the final Democratic primary field looks like, dislodging Abbott could require a herculean effort.
Wakely - who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, past year - has been outspoken in calling for the party to take more seriously the black vote, which he believes will be key to winning in 2018. "She spent weeks trying to get in the race, made a head fake last week, and is now in".
And that lack of resources for a Texas Democratic candidates, Henson said isn't new. They're hurting in terms of financial resources. "I don't see her winning".
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