Democratic candidate for Governor, Lupe Valdez, will conduct a meet-and-greet event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Martinez Bakery, 206 E. Florida Ave., Midland.
In 2004, Valdez shook the political establishment in Dallas County, becoming one of the first Democrats elected countywide in many years. Lupe was ultimately elected to four terms as Sheriff of Dallas County and served from 2005-2017. The daughter of migrant farm workers, she was the only Latina Sheriff in the United States and one of very few LGBTQ Americans serving in public office.
Prior to becoming Sheriff, Valdez served as an officer in the Army Reserve and as a senior agent at US Customs and the Department of Homeland Security.
The event is free and open to the public.