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Andrew White Will Enter The Race For Governor Thursday Morning

The son of the late Governor Mark White joins the contest for the Democratic nomination as a well-financed underdog against former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White

Houston investor Andrew White will declare his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor Thursday, Dec. 7. The son of the late Governor Mark White is making the announcement one day after former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced hers.

White is approaching the contest in a manner more familiar to Republicans running at the federal level: as an outsider running against a career politician.

“He’s self-financed, which I think helps a lot in this case,” said Jon Taylor, chair of the political science department at the University of Saint Thomas. “While he hasn’t run for public office before, he is kind of playing that middle field to try to attract moderate voters in the Democratic Party but more so moderate voters on the Republican side, as well as independent voters.”

Valdez already has the support of much of the state Democratic establishment behind her. But Mark Jones of Rice University’s Baker Institute said White does have a path to the nomination.

“I think his best bet is trying to force a runoff against Valdez,” said Jones, “which is quite feasible given the presence of several other candidates such as Jeff Payne and Tom Wakely in the race.”

If White is the nominee, he’ll face an uphill fight against incumbent Greg Abbott. The governor is sitting on a campaign war chest of more than $40 million, and no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas in more than 20 years.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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