Texas primaries 2018: Democrats Lupe Valdez and Andrew White are vying to run against Gov. Abbotthttps://www.vox.com/2018/3/6/17071182/texas-primaries-2018-democrats-lupe-valdez-andrew-white-greg-abbotthttps://www.lupevaldez.com/
Valdez and White each represent different paths forward for Democrats in Texas. White, a moderate businessman, is the candidate who could appeal to suburban Texans who dislike President Donald Trump and the current strain of right-wing politics dominating the statehouse under Abbott and his Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Valdez, Texas’s first openly gay and first Latina sheriff, is likely to appeal to the state’s Latino voters, especially given the current political climate
Valdez said she’s spoken to voters who voted for her simply because she was the only Latina on the ballot.
“This is not the same Texas that [Abbott] took four years ago,” she said. “This is a different Texas. Change is coming. I want to be the change-maker.”
White often points to the state’s low rankings in education quality; Education Week listed it 40th overall among states for factors including school funding, student achievement on test scores, and how well schools prepared students for the future (in past years, the rating was lower).
“Texas has one of the best economies in the nation, and our schools are among the worst in the nation,” White said. “Something doesn’t make sense because we’re Texas and our economy is doing well.”
The state’s special education system has shut out many students and families that need services, as a 2016 Houston Chronicle investigation found that state officials had arbitrarily decided that 8.5 percent of public school students should get special education services — no more. Since the 2004 decision, many families across the state have been denied services.