Dallas 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.
Four story tellers added to The Dallas Way’s history project as they told their stories at S4 last night (Thursday, April 23).
Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who has been in office for more than a decade, talked about what it was like to become the country’s only Hispanic lesbian sheriff.
Former Dallas city Councilman Ed Oakley talked about his run for mayor and how the media (not us) sabotaged his campaign.
Kathy Bowser told her story of going from nun to lesbian fundraiser to pastor at Celebration on the Lake church in Payne Springs on Cedar Creek Lake.
Finally, Mark Shekter told funny stories about his years of fundraising for dozens of LGBT groups over the years and documented a group he created, Meals on the Move — MOM, which was the first group to provide daily meals at home for hundreds of people living with AIDS.
Steve Atkinson was Master of Ceremonies and Kay Wilkinson begged, pleaded and scrounged for money to help The Dallas Way continue its work documenting the LGBT community’s history. A fundraiser will be held on May 27 at the Rose Room in S4 with a special edition of Outrageous Oral documenting drag in Dallas.
Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s office contacted Dallas Voice today (Friday, Jan. 23) to say she WILL be running for re-election in 2016.
A story ran in Instant Tea Jan. 13 in which Pete Schulte announced he would run for the office of Dallas County Sheriff if Valdez decided to not seek re-election as many had expected. Schulte said he had met with Valdez to ask for her support and letting her know he would not run against her should she decide to run.
Raul Reyna, sheriff’s department public information officer, said today, Valdez “will definitely be seeking re-election.”
“Until Sheriff Valdez retires, I will not seek the nomination for Dallas County Sheriff,” Schulte said by phone this morning. “I’m confident Sheriff Valdez will seek re-election, so I will not be doing anything political regarding the sheriff’s race in 2016. Lupe’s doing a great job.”
Dallas Voice’s intrepid reporter David Taffet is on the road today, traveling aboard a bus with friends, family and supporters of state Rep. Eric Johnson, the Dallas Democrats serving District 100. They are all in Austin for the first day of the 84th Legislature and the inauguration of new and returning lawmakers and state officials.
Mechanical problems with the bus before the group ever left Dallas put them a bit behind schedule, but they got there just in time for the swearing-in.
Schulte to run for sheriff
Also on that bus is Dallas attorney Pete Schulte who, David reports, has just announced that he will be running for Dallas County sheriff in 2016, as long as incumbent Sheriff Lupe Valdez retires, as she has said she will do.
Taffet says that the Texas Capitol is packed today, with lines of people waiting to get in at all four main entrances. And according to reports in the Houston Chronicle that most reporters are being turned away, David may be one of the few reporters inside for the swearing-in ceremonies.
Secretary of State speaks
Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, acted as emcee of the opening day ceremonies. Berry, from India, is married to a native Texan and their two sons were born in Ethiopia., She spoke about the diversity of the 150 representatives elected by their constituents to be their voice in Austin, mentioning every part of the state — but Dallas.
Villareal declines oath
Temporary House officers were then appointed, after which state senators were sworn in and the House took roll call by district number. Rep. Mike Villareal, from District 123, declined the oath of office to run for mayor of San Antonio, but the rest of the House members took their oaths of office.
Here are a few photos from Johnson’s group, watching the opening day ceremonies from a committee room below the floor of the House.
Just in time for National Pride Month, HBO will soon be airing a new documentary called The Out List, and among the gay movers and shakers profiled is Dallas’ own lesbian sheriff, Lupe Valdez. (Others profiled include Suze Orman, Neil Patrick Harris and The Lady Bunny.)
The documentary will received a world premiere screening on Thursday (prior to its debut on HBO on June 27) with a Black Tie Dinner Captains event at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station. Valdez will be in attendance, along with the film’s director and producers, who will participate in a post-screening discussion.
The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 7.
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was among county elected officials who were sworn in this morning at the Hyatt Regency downtown during a New Year’s Day brunch hosted by the Democratic Party. Valdez, who became Dallas County’s first female, first Hispanic and first lesbian sheriff in 2005, is beginning her third four-year term after defeating Republican Kirk Launius in November.
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.”