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College faculty member to challenge Case for Senate District 25 seat
May 6, 2014 - From staff reports
Sergio Maldonado running as Democrat
Democrat Sergio Maldonado has announced his candidacy for Wyoming Senate District 25.
The seat is held by Republican Cale Case of Lander, who is seeking re-election.
A native of Riverton and an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Maldonado has been a liberal arts instructor and diversity coordinator at Central Wyoming College since 2008.
He earned his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University and has a master's degree in education from Arizona State University.
He has finished his course work for a Ph.D. in justice studies and intends to complete his dissertation at the University of Wyoming.
Maldonado moved back to Fremont County in 2006 after living in Phoenix "for a period." He lives on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
He is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming and has served as a board member at St. Stephens Indian School.
During his campaign for state senate, Maldonado said he plans to emphasize improved educational opportunities and job creation. He called himself an advocate for providing quality education to all Wyoming students.
In 1989, Maldonado was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by then-President George H.W. Bush.
During his three years on the council, Maldonado said he addressed issues relating to American Indian student achievement across the country.
Maldonado values local government control, but he also supports the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions. He says Wyoming citizens "don't pay enough attention" to goings-on at the legislature in Cheyenne, "where there is presently enormous power and wealth to effect positive change."
"There are too many issues and too little time to be complacent," Maldonado said. "It's time to wake up and take steps forward."
He pledged to work to represent all residents of SD25, which includes Lander, Atlantic City, Jeffrey City, the Wind River Indian Reservation, and the western side of Fremont County.
"In part, that involves improved communication across Fremont County," Maldonado said. "We can achieve a lot more in Cheyenne when we recognize common goals and start working to address them together."
He said he would spend the initial part of his campaign talking to constituents to learn what they want from their representative in Cheyenne.
He said he already has identified several areas of focus: access to quality education, affordable and accessible health care, sustainable economic growth and job creation, greater levels of communication with tribal governments, informing the public about state government spending and programs, and being accountable and accessible.
"If elected to office, I'll get the chance to advance the needs and aspirations of the people in my district and represent the state and locality that I love," Maldonado said. "Now I look forward to listening and learning from the people I hope to serve."
Case has held the District 25 seat since 1999. He is seeking a fifth term. The filing period for partisan elected offices begins later this month. The primary election is Aug. 19, and the general election is Nov. 4.