Dallas County’s former sheriff, Lupe Valdez, declared on Thursday that she will be competing for reelection to the same position in the county in 2024.
In her announcement, Valdez claimed that numerous coworkers and friends had contacted her to urge her to think about running for sheriff once more.
In a statement, Valdez stated, “I am honoured by their support and look forward to a lively campaign.” Dallas County still has a lot of work to be done, and as I have already stated to my fans and campaign staff, I am not finished yet.
First Lesbian Sheriff
In 2004, Valdez became the first Democrat to win countywide office in Dallas County in many years. She was the first openly lesbian sheriff in Dallas County and the sole Latina sheriff in the entire United States at the time.
In order to compete for governor in 2017, Valdez quit her position as sheriff during her fourth term. She was the Democratic nominee in 2018, but Greg Abbott, the Republican in office, defeated her.
Dallas To Be More Safer
“To boost the morale of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office employees who were on the front lines of the Covid Epidemic and most recently experienced major technical issues that have led to a rise in the jail population, the inability for courts and attorneys to access criminal history files, and not receiving their paychecks on schedule,” says Valdez in his campaign statement.
In 2017, Marian Brown was chosen to serve as acting sheriff. Brown, who was the general services department’s chief deputy at the time, was one of just five Black female sheriffs in the United States and the first African American sheriff in Dallas County. Since then, she has won two elections for the job.
“We are focused on making Dallas County safer and running an efficient, effective office,” Brown said of her reelection campaign. “Let’s continue the progress!”