Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Valdez Owes $12,000 In Overdue Property Taxes

The Houston Chronicle reports the candidate is behind in payments for properties in two counties and campaign officials say she is paying the back taxes in monthly installments

This file photo shows Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez during a campaign event. The Houston Chronicle has reported that she owes back property taxes in Dallas County and Ellis County.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez owes more than $12,000 in overdue taxes on seven properties in two counties, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday citing official records.

Valdez just won the runoff election to face Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the November election. She beat Houston businessman Andrew White.

Dallas and Ellis are the counties where Valdez owes taxes.

The Chronicle’s story also reported that Valdez apparently lapses on her official financial-disclosure report because a Dallas property that she owns is not listed and two companies listed on the filing have incorrect names on the form.

Valdez’s campaign officials acknowledged she owes taxes on several properties. However, the officials noted that the former Dallas County Sheriff is paying the back taxes in monthly installments because she can’t afford to pay the total amounts, which were due at the end of January.

Tax officials said the overdue bills, if not paid by July, will be certified as officially delinquent and will go to a collection agency.