Sheriff Lupe Valdez addresses convention

LupeDallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez spoke at the Democratic National Convention at about 8 p.m. and preceded family members of fallen police officers.

She told her story: youngest of eight children. When she told her father she was going into law enforcement, he was mad at her because he had been beaten by police.

She talked about losing five officers in Dallas.

“I’ve been trying to make some sort of sense out of it,” she said.

She said the only way to serve your community is to know your community.

While she wasn’t introduced as our lesbian sheriff, she mentioned her girlfriend in the speech. After the Dallas police murders, she and her girlfriend were at a restaurant. When she went to pay the bill, she said four other tables in the restaurant had offered to pay their bill, even though she knew no one there. But that’s been the reaction to the police shootings in Dallas.

At the end of the speech, she led the hall in a moment of silence and then introduced family members of fallen officers.

Watch the video here.




—  David Taffet

Sheriff Valdez speaks at the Round-Up after being re-elected to 3rd term

Sheriff Lupe Valdez receives applause Tuesday night at The Round-Up Saloon after her victory had been declared. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

With results showing her well ahead of her Republican challenger, lesbian Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez declared victory at the Round-Up Saloon on Tuesday night.

With 330 of 1,000 precincts reporting, Valdez had 58 percent of the vote to Republican Kirk Launius’ 41 percent.

“I’m blessed, I’m honored and continually grateful for the progressiveness of Dallas County,” Valdez told Dallas Voice after addressing the crowd. “This has to be a very progressive county or they wouldn’t keep putting in someone like me continually.”

Admitting that her first term in office was a challenge, Valdez said she has proven herself as sheriff in the change she has brought to the department during her second term.

“It’s not the same department that I got when I went in there. It is totally different,” she said. “So, we’ve done a job of bringing about change. And change is never an easy thing to do. The first four years were quite a struggle but after the second term, things started to flow. We want to continue to build on the progress so we can continue doing a good job.”

—  Dallasvoice