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Write-in backed McKinney, Ledbetter

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

ELLIS COUNTY- Rumors about the write-in candidate for sheriff were put to rest as Susan Welch-Rodriguez, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office deputy who filed her candidacy two weeksa go, answered to who she backed on March 4.

"I backed both [Steve] McKinney and [James Ledbetter]," Welch-Rodriguez, a resident of Midlothian, said, "due to the fact that they had the most experience in law enforcement."

The three-way Republican primary for sheriff featured Midlothian’s Johnny Brown and McKinney and Ledbetter, who faced Brown in the April 8 run-off.

Brown won by less than 200 votes on April 8, but was the top vote-getter on March 4.

Asked if she was encouraged to run by Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is openly lesbian, Welch-Rodriguez said, "the drive to run came from my heart, as no one encouraged me.

"I don’t think anybody ever thought about it."

The rumors of Valdez’ support picked up steam when Welch-Rodriguez’ candidacy papers were filed.

"I heard that too," she said of the rumors.

Sheriff Valdez, who won in 2004 over Republican Danny Chandler, could not be reached for comment as of press time.


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