Dallas County Sheriff considering a run for governor

Will Texas Democrats have a viable candidate in the race for the Governor's Mansion? Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is expected to throw her name in the ring.

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is considering running for governor in 2018.

Several media outlets in North Texas reported Sheriff Valdez would resign effective Dec. 8, 2017, and file to run, citing the Dallas County Democratic Party Chair. But the sheriff's spokesperson said her mind isn't made up just yet. 

Valdez was elected Dallas County Sheriff back in 2004 and is currently serving her fourth term. Her election made headlines because she was the first openly gay sheriff in Texas and, at that time, was the only Hispanic female sheriff in the country. 

Since then, she's gotten some national attention and even spoke at the National Democratic Convention.

But the spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Office said reports that the sheriff is resigning are "jumping the gun." 

The department tweeted:

"As she has stated in the past, the Sheriff is considering the next stage in her career. A letter of resignation was not submitted today. The Sheriff will make a formal announcement when her final decision is made."

That final decision will have to be made soon. The deadline to file for the November 2018 election is Dec. 11.  

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