Credit union-friendly candidates in Arizona and Florida emerged victorious in primary elections in both states Tuesday. CUNA and its political action committee, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), along with state leagues, supported candidates who have expressed support for credit union priorities.
See below for the list of winners, with credit union-backed candidates in bold.
In Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Bebeu (R) defeated three other candidates in the seat vacated by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D), who is running for Senate. Babeu was endorsed by the Mountain West Credit Union Association and had CULAC’s backing.
In the state’s 5th Congressional District, the Republican primary remains too close to call as of Wednesday, with league-endorsed and CULAC-backed candidate and State Senate President Andy Biggs trailing former GoDaddy exec Christine Jones by less than 900 votes.
The race is to replace retiring Rep. Matt Salmon (R).
Also in Florida, credit union-backed candidates Mary Thomas (2nd Congressional District), Rep. Corrine Brown (D, 5th Congressional District), Rebecca Negron (18th Congressional District) and Annette Taddeo (26th Congressional District), lost in their respective primaries.