MINNESOTA (8/14/14)--Credit union supporter Tom Emmer took another step closer to the U.S. House of Representatives with a victory in Minnesota's primary Tuesday. Emmer, a Republican running for the state's open 6th Congressional District seat, received 73.2% of the vote to his opponent Rhonda Sivarajah's 26.8%.
Emmer was endorsed by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and received the maximum $5,000 contribution from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council.
"During his tenure in the state Legislature, Rep. Emmer consistently demonstrated his support for credit unions' continued ability to serve their members," said MnCUN Vice President of Governmental Affairs Mara Humphrey in a statement. "He has vowed to continue that support of credit unions in the 6th District and across the country if elected. Credit unions have a champion in Tom Emmer."
Emmer served in the Minnesota House from 2005 to 2011 and ran for governor in 2010, losing narrowly to current Gov. Tom Dayton.
"Credit unions offer consumers and small businesses a great choice for local, Main Street-focused financial services," said Emmer. "I'm proud to have the support of the Minnesota Credit Union Network and--when serving in Washington, D.C.--will continue to work for a fair marketplace so that credit unions can continue to grow."
Emmer will face Democratic candidate Joe Perske and Independence Party candidate John Denney in November. The 6th District seat is open due to the retirement of current Rep. Michele Bachmann (R).