Houston Training Coordinator David Barron (left) and Council Rep. Maria Robles (center) greet the candidate.

Candidate Valdez Sees Houston Training Capabilities First-Hand

Texas gubernatorial candidate, Lupe Valdez, spent a good bit of time recently at the Houston Carpenters & Millwrights Training Center, which also houses Central South's Local 551 offices. There she met with council and training trust fund leaders, then spoke with Local 551's executive board and presented at the Local 551 union meeting.

"Union training centers with the latest equipment, apprenticeships & a focus on specialized skills like the Central South Carpenters and Local 551 prepare workers to compete in a global economy & are key to the prosperity of Texas," said Valdez in a Facebook post about the visit. "We are better off when unions & everyday working folks are strong."

Candidate Valdez also spoke at the LU551 union meeting.

Guadalupe Valdez is an American law enforcement official who served as Sheriff of Dallas CountyTexas from 2005 to 2017 and is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Texas in the 2018 gubernatorial election. In the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary, Valdez received a plurality of the vote and advanced to a May 22 runoff, where she defeated businessman Andrew White to win the gubernatorial nomination.

Prior to entering law enforcement, Lupe Valdez was an officer in the United States Army, where she attained the rank of Captain. Her law enforcement career began as a jailer, first in a county jail and then a federal prison. She then moved on to investigative roles as an agent of the General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, finally, the U.S. Customs Service. With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, she was made a Senior Agent, serving in that role until her retirement in 2004. In January 2004, Lupe Valdez retired to run for the office of Dallas County Sheriff.

Learn more about Lupe Valdez by visiting her website,