Credit union-backed Jimmy Gomez (D) won a special election Tuesday for the seat in California’s 34th congressional district, taking 60% of the vote. A state assemblyman, Gomez will now take the seat left open by former Rep. Xavier Becerra, who became state attorney general earlier this year.
Gomez took 60% of the vote against his opponent, fellow Democrat Robert Ahn. California law allows the top two vote-getters in the primary to advance to the general election, regardless of party.
Gomez was supported by both the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s political action committee, and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.
CULAC supported Gomez with the maximum $10,000 contribution.
Gomez is not the first credit union-friendly candidate to see success in special elections this year. In Kansas, credit union supporter and volunteer Ron Estes (R) was elected to fill the seat of then Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, who was named director of the CIA.
CULAC, which exists to elect pro-credit union candidates to Congress, is among the largest political action committees in the country, raising and spending $5 million in the 2016 elections with a 97% success rate among supported candidates.
In the first five months of 2017, CULAC has raised over $957,000 for the 2017-2018 election cycle.