Local Democratic candidates win spots on November’s ballot to challenge Republicans for state seats

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – While much of the election coverage this week has been focused on Republican races (mainly because most of the contested races only involved Republicans), that doesn’t mean there weren’t Democrats battling it out for a spot on the General Election ballot. There were two local contested Democratic races for the state legislature.

Sergio Maldonado Sr. won the Democratic nomination for Senate District 25 in Lander. He beat Travis Brockie with 62.32 percent of the vote. Maldonado will go on to face Republican Incumbent Sen. Cale Case.

Sergio Maldonado expressed his gratitude to the voters in a news release saying, “A hearty thank you to all who voted for me to be your Democratic candidate for Senate District 25. We have great work in front of us prior to the November General Election. It will take many of us pulling together to assure that the people of Senate District 25 will have a voice in Cheyenne. I cannot stress the importance of every person, their concerns and hopes. I take this responsibility in both a humble and people oriented manner.”

Additionally, there was a contested race for State Representative District 33, which largely represents the Wind River Indian Reservation. Andrea Clifford took 67 percent of the vote against her competitor Wilfred Ferris III. This seat was previously held by Democrat Patrick Goggles who opted not to re-run this year. Clifford will face Republican Jim Allen, who won the Republican nomination against Daniel Cardenas.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported me,” Clifford said in a statement. “I will need even more support going into the General Election. Good luck to all the candidates on both sides of the aisle. I appreciate your willingness to serve and represent the people. A big thank you to my Uncle Representative Patrick Goggles for his wisdom and guidance, I will try my best to carry on your legacy!”