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Dallas Sheriff Valdez to resign, run for governor, county chair says

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez will resign her office so she can challenge Greg Abbott in 2018, according to Dallas County Democratic Chair, Carol Donovan. Valdez has talked about the need for new leadership at the state level. She was even a featured speaker at the 2016 democratic national convention in Philadelphia. Donovan told WFAA that Valdez will resign effective next Friday Dec. 8. The deadline to file to be a candidate is Dec. 11. Dallas County Sherrif’s office on Wednesday night that Valdez has not submitted any official resignation paperwork and will make a final decision about her political future shortly. “As she has stated in the past, the Sheriff is considering the next stage in her career,” said the spokeswoman Melinda Urbina. “A letter of resignation was not submitted today. The Sheriff will make a formal announcement when her final decision is made.” Valdez told The Texas Tribune earlier this month that she was exploring a challenge to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. He’s seeking a second term in 2018. Democrats have been looking for a serious gubernatorial contender ahead of the Dec. 11 deadline for candidates to file for the 2018 primaries. So far only little-known Democrats have lined up to take on Abbott. Last month, Valdez told the Tribune she believes it’s “time for a change” in GOP-dominated state government.

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