CUs Back Candidates in Today’s Primaries, Mississippi, S.C. Runoffs

Credit unions are supporting dozens of candidates in Tuesday’s elections, including primaries in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah, and runoffs in Mississippi and South Carolina. Candidates are supported by CUNA, leagues and the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), the CUNA/League political action committee (PAC).

In the Utah Senate primary, credit unions support 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to fill the seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Other notable primary races with credit union-supported candidates include: 

  • Colorado 2nd Congressional District: The Mountain West Credit Union Association and local credit unions have a strong relationship with Joe Neguse (D), former executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, where his responsibilities included regulation and oversight of Colorado’s credit unions;
  • New York 8th Congressional District: Credit unions are supporting incumbent  Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) in his primary election against former Rep. Michael Grimm (R);
  • New York 25th Congressional District: CULAC and the New York Credit Union Association are supporting New York Assembly Leader Joseph Morelle (D) in the Democratic primary to fill the seat left open by the death of Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) in March. There is no special election scheduled, so the winner of this primary will serve a full term in the next Congress; and 
  • Oklahoma 1st Congressional District: CULAC and the Cornerstone Credit Union League support business owner Kevin Hern (R) in a five-candidate Republican primary to fill the seat for former Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), who has been confirmed as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator.

Credit unions also supporting the following candidates in Tuesday runoff elections:

  • Mississippi 3rd Congressional District: Credit union-supported District Attorney Michael Guest will face a runoff against Whit Hughes for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss). Guest led all primary candidates in the June 6 primary with 45% of the vote to Hughes’ 22%; and
  • South Carolina 4th Congressional District: CULAC and the Carolinas Credit Union League are supporting state Sen. William Timmons (R) in the runoff against former state Sen. Lee Bright (R) to fill the seat left open by the retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

CULAC and NJCUL supported nine candidates in New Jersey’s primary election earlier this month, all of whom were successful in securing their party’s nomination to run in November’s general election.