WASHINGTON (8/28/14)--Ruben Gallego, Marine veteran and credit union-supported candidate in Arizona's 7th Congressional District, emerged victorious in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
The district is classified by Roll Call as a safe for Democrats, meaning Gallego will likely be its new congressman, replacing the retiring Rep. Ed Pastor (D).
Gallego, who resigned his position as a state representative to run for the U.S. Congress, received 48.14% of the vote, while his closest competitor, Mary Rose Wilcox, took 36.4% of the vote. Starting out, Wilcox was considered the better-known of the two candidates.
Neither of the other two candidates in the Democratic primary took more than 8% of the vote.
The Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA) endorsed Gallego, with MWCUA Vice President of Political Affairs Austin De Bey telling News Now Monday that Gallego was a "strong advocate and supporter of credit unions" while a state representative, and saying Gallego would continue to be so while serving in Congress.
Five credit unions participated in a partisan communication campaign that included nine mailers that went to almost 20,000 households with credit union members.
"The communication campaign made credit unions a significant player in an election in which only 24,097 voters turned out, and which Gallego won by only 2,838 votes," said Trey Hawkins, vice president for political affairs for the Credit Union National Association.
Libertarian Joe Cobb will face Gallego in November. There was no Republican in the 7th District primary Tuesday, but 876 write-in votes were cast.