Sergio A. Maldonado Sr. announced on Monday he is running as a Democrat for Senate District 25, which includes parts of Lander, Atlantic City, Jeffrey City, the Wind River Indian Reservation and western Fremont County.
Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, currently holds the seat. Case is out of the country and did not reply to a message from the Star-Tribune asking whether he plans to seek re-election.
Maldonado is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. He is the diversity coordinator and a liberal arts instructor at Central Wyoming College, according to a statement from the Wyoming Democratic Party. He did not return a message from the Star-Tribune Monday.
President George H.W. Bush appointed Maldonado to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education in 1989, the statement said.
Maldonado supports access to quality education, affordable and accessible health care, sustainable economic growth and job creation and increased communication with tribal governments.
“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,” he said in the statement. “There are too many issues and too little time to be complacent. It’s time to wake up and take steps forward.”