Lupe Valdez has made history twofold by winning the Democratic Party Nomination for Governor of Texas as an openly gay lesbian and Latin woman.
The stakes were high but Valdez preserved coming out on top during the Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Texas Gubunatural Primary.
The Texas Tribune reported on the Democratic runoff primary race between Valdez and her male contender Andrew White.
Valdez goes into the November general election as the first openly lesbian and first Latina candidate to win a major party gubernatorial nomination in Texas. She told cheering supporters in Dallas that she’s not deterred by conventional wisdom that she faces long odds against Gov. Greg Abbott, a well-funded incumbent.
The former Dallas County Sheriff claims she is no stranger to fighting and that she hasn’t had anything easy. And although she knows she has another uphill truck to go in the general election against well-known Governor Greg Abbott, she’s ready for the task.
To become governor she’ll have to topple Abbott, who boasts high approval ratings and a $41 million war chest. Abbott’s campaign wasted no time attacking Valdez, releasing a video Tuesday night that recapped some of her stumbles during the nominating contest. Among them: Her backtracking on whether she’d be open to raising taxes as governor.
As if being Latin and openly gay while running again a high financed and likable incumbent wasn’t enough, Valdez also has Texas history to contend with as she heads to the general election.
With the nomination in hand, Valdez will also be up against recent Texas history: The state’s voters have not elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than two decades.
But 70-year-old Valdez doesn’t seem to be worried about Texas’ history as she positions herself as the candidate of the people, an outsider ready to represent the voices of the rank and file.
Valdez painted the GOP-controlled state government as one that cares more about special interests than the needs of their constituents. She also said the Republican Party, which is heavily dominated by white men, is out of touch with the changing demographics of the second most populous state in the U.S.
“Let me find a path for you,” she said. “Let me find a path for your health care. Let me find a path for your living wage.”