Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) was one of several credit union-backed candidates to find success in Tuesday’s primary elections in North Carolina and California. Jones came under a number of attacks from bankers due to his support of credit unions, but emerged victorious in his primary, receiving 65% of the vote.
Jones benefited from a partisan communication campaign conducted by CUNA and the Carolinas Credit Union League. One of his opponents, former Treasury official Taylor Griffin, received $68,000 in independent expenditures from bankers, but finished in third place.
In North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, credit union champion Rep. Robert Pittenger (R) finished ahead of opponent Mark Harris by 142 votes. With a margin of less than 1%, Harris is entitled to a recount under North Carolina law.
Pittenger, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has supported legislation that would form a credit union advisory group at the U.S. Treasury, has supported an extended examination cycle and has expressed concerns about the excessive regulatory burdens facing credit unions.
CUNA and the Carolinas league supported Pittenger with a partisan communication campaign as well.
In California, credit union candidates also saw success. The state’s “jungle primary” rules mean that the top two candidates in each primary will face off in November, regardless of party.
Credit unions candidates that saw success Tuesday include: