Son Of Ex-Democratic Governor Enters Texas Governor's Race

Andrew White declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor on Thursday

Andrew White declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor on Thursday

Andrew White, son of the late Democratic Texas Gov. Mark White, has launched his longshot bid to unseat Republican Gov. Greg Abbott next year.

White, 45, a Houston entrepreneur who has never run for office before, is scheduled to announce his campaign, which has been anticipated for weeks, at 9:30 a.m. here.

"The one thing that separates the governors who made history from the ones that simply lived in it: in the words of Sam Houston, 'Do right and risk the consequences.' That's why I'm running for Governor: to do right and let the cards fall where they may", White said.

Vowing to listen to every Texan, instead of having a political agenda tailored for every single demographic, White noted: "I won't act like I know everything".

Mark White, who was governor from 1983-1987, died of a heart attack in August.

His son's announcement comes a day after Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez entered the race, providing Democrats with their highest-profile candidate for governor yet.

White joins a crowded field of Democratic candidates running in the spring primary. White is seen as potentially her closest competition in a contest that also features a half dozen lesser-known Democrats.