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Top Stories: Former Governor's Son Launches Gubernatorial Bid

Texans for Andrew White campaign

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The son of the late Texas Governor Mark White is joining the race for governor.

Andrew White is an investor from Houston. He joins a crowded field of Democratic challengers, including former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Whoever becomes the Democratic nominee faces an uphill fight against Abbott. He has $40 million in campaign money - and no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas in more than 20 years.

Other stories this morning:

  • As for who will replace Lupe Valdez as Dallas County Sheriff, the county commissioner’s court has to appoint a replacement. That person will be in charge until voters elect a new sheriff in November, who will serve through the end of 2020.
  • In case you missed it, there were also a number of campaign announcements for Congressional seats being vacated by retiring lawmakers. The most high-profile announcement: WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp yesterday announced he's running as a Democrat to unseat Republican Congressman Pete Sessions.
  • Our Big Screen team talks about the history of sympathetic monsters in film.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.