Lupe Valdez has resigned as Dallas County sheriff and is expected to soon file a candidacy for governor.
Valdez, who has led the department since 2005, is expected to file her candidacy for governor as early as next week. When she does, Texas law requires her to step down as sheriff.
Dallas County Commissioners would pick a person to replace Valdez until a special primary and general elections to fill her unexpired term.
"We’re going to make sure the voters rights and opportunity to make selections are upheld," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat.
Three contenders have emerged as candidates in a presumed March Democratic Party primary election to fill the rest of Valdez’s term, which expires and the end of 2020. They are Dallas County Constable Roy Williams, Deputy Sheriff Marian Brown and Dallas lawyer Peter Schulte.
Roy Williams, Jr.
The trio of candidates were considering the top job in 2014, when Valdez considered leaving the department to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. But she decided against the underdog campaign and the race to succeed her never materialized.
With Valdez dropping hints all over town about her intentions, candidates for sheriff are expected to line up between now and when the filing period for the March primaries end on Dec. 11. Republicans will have a primary as well, with the winners facing off in the November 2018 general election.
Williams is a former sheriff’s deputy and Dallas County constable. Brown was a pioneering law enforcement officer in Duncanville, while Schulte is a former Dallas police officer and defense attorney.