As voters start to head to the polls for the 2018 primary elections, CUNA and credit unions will be supporting credit union-friendly candidates around the country. In Tuesday’s elections, credit unions are backing two incumbent Congressmen in North Carolina, as well as candidates in Indiana and West Virginia.
In North Carolina, CUNA is involved in partisan communication campaigns in support of Reps. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.). Partisan communications are campaigns in which CUNA, state leagues and local credit unions use direct mail to target credit union households.
In North Carolina, CUNA and the Carolinas Credit Union League joined with 5 credit unions to in campaigns targeting over 28,000 credit union households with mailers across the two districts in support of Jones and Pittenger.
CUNA’s similar efforts two years ago for Jones and Pittenger were successful, with Pittenger winning his primary by 134 votes. He faces the same opponent this year.
In West Virginia, 7 candidates are vying for the open 3rd district seat in the Republican primary. The Credit Union Legislative Action Council, CUNA’s political action committee, and the West Virginia Credit Union League are supporting Conrad Lucas in the Republican primary.
Lucas is the former head of the West Virginia Republican party.
In Indiana’s 6th District, credit unions are supporting Greg Pence in the Republican primary, with the winner getting a shot at the seat left vacant by Rep. Luke Messer (R), who is running for Senate.
Pence is a Marine veteran, small business owner and brother of Vice President Mike Pence.