Democrat Sergio Maldonado to run for Lander-area State Senate seat

(Lander, Wyo.) — Sergio A. Maldonado Sr. today announced his candidacy for a seat in the Wyoming State Senate. Maldonado, who currently works at Central Wyoming College, has filed in the Democratic primary to represent District 25, which includes parts of Lander, Atlantic City, Jeffrey City, the Wind River Indian Reservation, and the western side of Fremont County.

Maldonado is the first Democrat to announce intentions to seek the seat. Also running are Republicans Cale Case (the incumbent), Jennifer McCarty and Joe Malek.

Maldonado said he would emphasize improving educational opportunity and job creation in his campaign.  He said he would work diligently to represent all residents of the district.  “In part, that involves improved communication across Fremont County,” he said while announcing his candidacy.  “We can achieve a lot more in Cheyenne when we recognize common goals and start working to address them together.”

Maldonado was born in Riverton, received his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, and his Masters of Education at Arizona State University.  He has completed his course work for a Ph.D. in Justice Studies and intends to complete his dissertation at the University of Wyoming.  Since 2008, he has worked fulltime at Central Wyoming College, where he is the Diversity Coordinator and an Instructor in Liberal Arts.

Maldonado is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and resides on the reservation. He lived for a period in Phoenix, Ariz., before returning “home” to Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation in 2006.

President George H.W. Bush appointed Maldonado to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE) in 1989.  While serving a three year term, he addressed issues relating to Native American student achievement across the country.  He is a graduate of Leadership Wyoming and has served as a Board member at St. Stephens Indian School.

Maldonado said he has long advocated for providing quality education to all Wyoming students, with an emphasis on local government control, and supporting the fundamental values of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions.

“Wyoming citizens don’t pay enough attention to what goes on in the state legislature, where there is presently enormous power and wealth to effect positive change,” said Maldonado.  “There are too many issues and too little time to be complacent.  It’s time to wake up and take steps forward.”

Maldonado emphasized that 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 has identified already several areas where he would focus:

–                 Access to quality education;

–                 Affordable and accessible health care;

–                 Sustainable economic growth and job creation;

–                 Greater levels of communication with tribal governments;

–                 Informing all the people of SD #25 about state government spending and programs;

–                 Being accountable and accessible to all the people of SD #25.

“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,” said Maldonado.  “Now I look forward to listening and learning from the people I hope to serve.”

–Provided by Sergio Maldonado