This week, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, the first step in an underdog campaign in a very red state. But Valdez has a bigger problem: thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes on properties she owns.
Valdez reportedly owes taxes on no less than seven properties she owns. The revelation also leads some to wonder how a County Sheriff could amass multiple properties on a sheriff’s salary.
Lupe Valdez is hoping to make several firsts if elected governor of Texas. She would be the first Latina and first open lesbian elected to the office.
Even before the tax revelation arose, many openly questioned whether Valdez was fit for office. Multiple reporters and editorial boards cited her extreme lack of knowledge on how the state is run. Some of her incoherent public statements have been compiled into a campaign ad, shown below.
Her defense as to why she hasn’t paid her taxes makes even less sense: she blames the state’s high property tax rate, even though she herself has said she would raise taxes if elected.
Lupe Valdez, who just this week secured the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, owes more than $12,000 in overdue property taxes from 2017, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, owes money on seven properties in two counties, according to the Chronicle. The paper also reported that she has several omissions on an official financial-disclosure report, which fails to list a Dallas property that she owns and gives incorrect names for two companies.
Valdez’s campaign told the Chronicle that she is paying the taxes off in installments and has “an agreement with the counties” to pay off the money owed “in the coming months.” Valdez has reportedly been paying off the taxes with incremental monthly payments ranging from $100 to $500.
“In previous years, she had made similar arrangements and fulfilled them,” campaign spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez told The Texas Tribune. He also said Valdez plans to file amended financial statements to correct for some minor errors.
Dominguez also blamed incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, who Valdez will face in November’s election, for high property taxes in the state.
“Under Greg Abbott’s failed leadership, property taxes are unpredictable and burdensome for Texans everywhere, including Sheriff Lupe Valdez,” Dominguez said, according to the Chronicle.
This online campaign ad from the Greg Abbott campaign highlights Valdez’s ineptitude in answering basic questions about issues the state faces.
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