Governor Greg Abbott and Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez faced off in their first and only debate in the race for Texas governor. The hour-long debate was broadcast and live-streamed from the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas Friday night.
According to realpolitics.com, an average of recent polls show Abbott (53.8%) leading Valdez (34.5%) by 19 points.
“From migrant farmworker to Captain in the U.S National Guard, federal agent to the very proud Sheriff of the good people of Dallas County, I’ve dedicated my life to defending Texans and I’m not done yet.” said Valdez on her campaign website.
Valdez was elected as Dallas County Sheriff in 2004 and served as sheriff from 2005 -2017. She announced her run for governor in December 2017. Valdez, 70 years old, was born in San Antonio, Texas. She is the Democratic Party nominee to run against incumbent Governor Abbott. Valdez is the first Latina Sheriff in the United States and one of the first LGBTQ elected officials. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University and worked 2 jobs to earn it. Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts university in Bethany, Oklahoma. Valdez also has a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Texas in Arlington.
While working as a federal agent, Valdez earned her Masters degree at UT. As a federal agent, Valdez worked sometimes undercover on fraud and abuse cases in the United States and on money laundering cases from South America to protect Americans.
Governor Abbott, the Republican Party nominee, is strongly conservative, supports the Second Amendment, is tough on crime and values family and faith. Abbott was the longest-serving Attorney General in Texas and a former state Supreme Court Justice. He is 60 years old and was born in Wichita Falls. Abbott was raised in Duncanville, Texas. While running in Houston, Texas, a large tree fell on Abbott in 1984. The accident nearly killed him and left Abbott paralyzed from the waist down.
“It was a lesson in perseverance. It was a lesson of never ever giving up. Our lives aren’t defined by our challenges. It is defined by how we respond to those challenges,” Governor Abbott said on his campaign website.
Abbott was elected in 2014 to his first 4-year term as Texas governor.
Abbott is a graduate of the University of Texas and earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University.
Below are 3 edited video clips from the Texas Governor’s Debate on September 28, 2018 in Austin.
Video courtesy: KPRC-TV