For 13 years, Lupe Valdez was the Dallas County sheriff. She spent decades in law enforcement jobs before that. So when Valdez kicked off her campaign for governor, she started her speech with a joke.
“I’m Lupe Valdez,” she told a room packed with friends and supporters. “I wanted you to be sure to hear that because a lot of people don’t recognize me when I’m out of uniform.”
Of the nine Texas Democrats running for governor, Valdez is the only woman. Despite some high-profile appearances at Democratic events, Valdez is not much of a household name outside of Dallas County.