Dallas County SO: Valdez hasn't resigned, still considering run for Texas governor

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says Lupe Valdez has not formally resigned and is still considering if she will launch a campaign for Texas governor.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff's office 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."

Lawyer Pete Schulte tweeted on Wednesday evening about Valdez’ pending resignation in an announcement that he would be seeking the open sheriff’s job.

Valdez has been a rumored Democratic candidate for governor the past month as the state party has searched for a person to take on Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.

Valdez was elected in 2004 as part of a massive Democratic wave that swept Republicans out of all Dallas County offices. Valdez was the state's first gay female Hispanic sheriff.

The deadline to file for the 2018 primary is Dec. 11.

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