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Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Counties, CA November 4, 2008 Election
State Senator; District 15 Voter Information

Results as of Nov 26 1:08pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (674/674)
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Abel Maldonado Click here for more information about this candidate 215,687 votes 63.1%

  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: State Senator/Businessman
  • Abel ran for, and was elected to, Santa Maria City Council at the age of 26
  • 1998 Abel took his leadership to Sacramento when he was elected to the State Assembly where he served for three terms
  • In 2004, Abel ran for State Senator in the 15th District and won
  • In 2000, Abel gave the first Spanish-only keynote speech at any Party National Convention
  • In 2008, Abel gave a keynote speach at the Party National Convention
  • Over Abel Maldonado's ten-year political career he has been named Legislator of the Year numerous times.
  • To Build a Stronger Economy
  • Ensure Schools are Fully Funded
  • Foster Energy Independence
Jim Fitzgerald Click here for more information about this candidate 126,652 votes 36.9%
  • Party: Independent
  • Occupation: Transportation Manager
  • UPS Chairman's Excellence award winner in 2007
  • United Way Legacy Donor/Boy Scouts of America Leader
  • Pacific Region Int'l Account Manager for 7 years
  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • At the age 23 promoted to the UPS management team
  • Early UPS Experience-Driver, counter clerk, loader/unloader
  • Investing in Better Health Care
  • Solving the Water Crisis
  • Promoting Renewable, Sustainable and Clean Energy Sources

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