WASHINGTON (8/26/14)--Credit union-supported Ruben Gallego will attempt to move closer to a congressional seat in Arizona's 7th Congressional District primary today. The district, which consists of Phoenix and suburbs such as Glendale, is currently represented by Rep. Ed Pastor (D), who announced he will not seek re-election.
Gallego is a former Arizona state representative, who also served in the Marines with a deployment to Iraq in 2003.
He is endorsed by the Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA), and has been the recipient of the maximum $5,000 donation from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC). MWCUA joined with five Arizona credit unions, along with CULAC, to send out direct mailers to almost 20,000 households with credit union members.
"Ruben was a strong advocate and supporter of credit union issues while serving in the Arizona House of Representatives," said Austin De Bey, vice president of legislative affairs for MWCUA. "He recognizes the important role credit unions play in the financial marketplace, and we believe he will continue his support of issues that will help credit unions serve their members as a member of Congress."
Trey Hawkins, vice president of political affairs, Credit Union National Association, said the mailers could be a "significant factor" in the election, which has historically been one with low voter turnout.
Gallego is part of a six-person field in today's Democratic primary, and the district leans heavily Democratic. His closest challenger is expected to be ex-Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.