WASHINGTON (11/10/14)--A former credit union vice president became the newest member of the 114th Congress with his opponent's concession Friday.
Pete Aguilar, current mayor of Redlands, Calif., and former vice president of $820 million-asset Arrowhead CU, San Bernardino, Calif., will represent California's 31st District starting in January.
Aguilar is no stranger to close races this year. In June, he won his primary by 209 votes and defeated Republican Paul Chabot in the general election by 2,291 votes.
The Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) supported Aguilar in the primary election with a $200,000 independent expenditure and made another $150,000 independent expenditure for the general election. The funds were used for direct mailers, digital advertisements and the creation of a website.
"Pete's background working at a credit union gives him an understanding of the role credit unions play in their communities and that's what he'll bring to Congress," said Trey Hawkins, vice president of political affairs for the Credit Union National Association.
Aguilar replaces Rep. Gary Miller (R), who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.
Elsewhere in California, Rep. Ami Bera (D-7), a former credit union board member, trails Republican challenger Doug Ose by 2,183 votes, after previously trailing by more than 3,011 on Election Day.
According to The Sacramento Bee, 31,688 ballots were added to the count late last week, and an additional 70,000 mail ballots are left to be counted.