WASHINGTON (6/3/14)--Eleven credit union-backed candidates in eight states are running in today's primary elections, with each receiving support from their state credit union leagues, as well as the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC).
In Alabama's 6th District, state Rep. Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) will face off against six other Republican candidates. DeMarco has been endorsed by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LCSU). LCSU and CULAC sent more than 54,000 mailers to Republican households with credit union members. The top two finishers of the primaryh will face off in a runoff election on July 15.
In California, Pete Aguilar, a former vice president at Arrowhead CU, with $773 million in assets, will face off against six candidates for the 31st District seat. Aguilar is the current mayor of Redlands, Calif., and has been supported by a $198,000 independent expenditure from CULAC, which was used for direct mail, digital ads, Pandora radio spots and a website.
Elsewhere in California, former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) will run against seven candidates in the 25th District, state Sen. Norma Torres (D) faces three others in the 35th District, and State Sen. Mimi Walters (R) faces off against three others in the 45th District.
All candidates have been backed by CULAC and the California Credit Union League. The top two candidates from each primary will face off in the November election.
Iowa state Rep. Pat Murphy (D) has been endorsed by the Iowa Credit Union League and will face off against four other Democrats in the primary. Murphy is a strong credit union supporter, taking their side during a state tax battle in the early 2000s.
Murphy needs to receive at least 35% of the vote, otherwise a party convention will decide the nominee.
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R) is expected to face a tight primary race, where he hopes to get a majority of the votes against two other candidates to avoid a runoff vote on June 24.
In Montana, the Montana Credit Union Network and CULAC are backing Rep. Steve Daines (R) in the state's senate race, to fill the seat left open by former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D). Daines leaves his at-large congressional seat open with his run for Senate, and credit unions have backed Democrat John Lewis for that seat. Lewis would face the winner of a five-way Republican primary in November.
New Jersey state Sen. Donald Norcross (D) has earned the backing of the New Jersey Credit Union League and CULAC in today's election that will serve as a special election to fill the 1st District seat of Rep. Bob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights), who resigned, as well as the Democratic primary for November's election. Norcross is facing two other challengers.
In South Dakota, the retirement of Sen. Tim Johnson (D), current chair of the Senate Banking Committee, has left a crowded field trying to take his place. CULAC is backing former Gov. Mike Rounds in the Republican primary.