White in governor’s race runoff
Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Mark White, son of the late Gov. Mark White, were the two left standing in a crowded field after last month’s Democratic primary in the governor’s race.
For the May 22 runoff election, we again recommend White as more qualified and likely to pose more spirited competition for Gov. Greg Abbott in the November general election. We believe the state is best served by competitive races up and down the ballot. They make for a more robust debate of all the issues facing the state.
On these there is little difference substantively between Valdez and White, but after interviews, we discerned that White has a better grasp of these issues. The successful Houston businessman simply speaks with more specifics on these topics.
He wants to close loopholes in the state’s equal and uniform tax law that allow commercial interests not to pay their fair share of property taxes. He clearly understands that the state’s refusal to properly fund public education drives up the property tax bills for residents because school districts are then forced to up their tax rates to compensate. White would like to put a gaming measure on the ballot to raise more funds for education.
And he questions the value of the Legislature’s commitment of state trooper resources to the border. It is indeed of dubious value.
His abortion views have caused concern in the Democratic Party. He says he is personally pro-life but, if elected governor, he will not advocate further abortion restrictions in Texas and said he respects Roe v. Wade as the law. This is nuanced, but we understand why it might not be as definitive as some would like.
Abbott avoided a runoff in his race with 90.42 percent of the vote.
Valdez, a former San Antonio resident, grabbed the larger slice of Democratic primary votes March 6. She got nearly 43 percent of the vote. White got about 27 percent. This doesn’t necessarily mean she has the upper hand in the runoff because her 43 percent means 57 percent didn’t vote for her.
We recommend that voters who didn’t vote for either White or Valdez choose White because of his more studied understanding of the issues.