Hector Maldonado

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Hector Maldonado
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Missouri
Campaign website
Hector Maldonado was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. Maldonado was defeated by Todd Akin in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.[1]


Maldonado graduated from California State University-San Bernardino with a B.A. in 1996. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army for over three years and then became a sales representative for Pfizer. [2]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Maldonado listed six issues. They were:[3]

  • Jobs
  • On his website, Maldonado says, "The federal government cannot create jobs. The federal government can only take taxpayer money and pretend it is creating jobs. Knowing this, one can see why the Obama stimulus failed to take hold and boost the economy. With the federal government still spending like crazy and with the threat of higher taxes looming over its head, the business community had no choice but see this as a lack of commitment on the part of the federal government. The federal government needs to get out of the micro-managing business and let the free market work."
  • Taxes
  • Maldonado says, "Contrary to the Obama Administration’s rhetoric, the President wants to selectively increase taxes on small business owners and the middle class while companies like General Electric get away with paying zero in taxes in the United States yet make billions overseas. With small business owners today being responsible for creating 70% of America’s jobs, everything must be done to facilitate the reform of the present tax code to allow all businesses to prosper fairly. This is why I am in favor of a fair tax or a flat tax, where all pay the same rate and the tax loop holes for large corporations are closed."
  • Document Fraud
  • Maldonado says, "The time has come for Missouri and the nation as a whole to step up and improve its method of vetting its political candidates and entitlement recipients. In a time where virtually every state and Federal legislature is anguishing over cuts that need to be made to balance their budgets, it would be negligent not to improve and standardize identification requirements. With all the reported fraud in the entitlement programs alone, it could be likened to money lying on the ground. All we have to do is pick it up."
  • Securing the Border
  • Maldonado says, "A joint effort must be made immediately by the federal government, states’ governments, and the citizens of the United States to secure our borders. We must use all available resources and allow local, state and federal law enforcement experts to coordinate and enforce existing immigration statutes. I believe it would be a grave mistake to wait any longer."
  • Energy
  • Maldonado says, "There is no way that the United States can achieve its independence from foreign oil without utilizing all the resources available to us. By creating an energy surplus at home, it will allow American companies to still provide export product to its foreign customers abroad and at the same time create jobs and provide cheaper gas and electricity domestically."
  • Healthcare
  • Maldonado says, "We now know what Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and avid supporters like Claire McCaskill have known all along…that Obamacare does little to protect the patient, improve medical care, and least of all is affordable. ”Any healthcare reform plan that mandates the participation of a free society, forces religions to violate their beliefs, and burdens future generations with astronomical debt cannot be constitutional. I support the repealing of Obamacare for a healthcare plan that addresses at a minimum- tort reform, malpractice reform and selling of healthcare plans across state lines. It is only then can we truly be able to provide affordable healthcare to more people and at an affordable cost."[3]



See also: United States Senate elections in Missouri, 2012

Maldonado ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Missouri. He ran against Rep. Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman, Jerry Beck, Mark Memoly, Robert Poole, John Brunner and Mark Lodes in the August 7, 2012, Republican primary. Maldonado was defeated by Todd Akin in the Republican primary.[4]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[5] The seat rated a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is 3rd most likely to end up Republican is the Senate seat in Missouri. The article notes incumbent freshman senator Claire McCaskill (D) is vulnerable in the Republican leaning state.[5] While it still remains a toss up as to who McCaskill's competitor will end up being in the general election, challengers U.S. Representative Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner all present a significant challenge to the vulnerable incumbent.

The primary took place on August 7, 2012.[6]

US Senate, Missouri Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Akin 36% 217,468
John G. Brunner 30% 180,821
Sarah Steelman 29.2% 176,189
Jerry Beck 1.6% 9,791
Hector Maldonado 1.2% 7,412
Robert (Bob) Poole 1% 6,097
Mark Memoly 0.5% 3,200
Mark Patrick Lodes 0.4% 2,282
Total Votes 603,260

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No campaign donor information available.[7][8]

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