WASHINGTON (7/15/14)--Two credit union-friendly candidates will attempt to move closer to the November election in runoff elections today. Phil Berger Jr. in North Carolina and Paul DeMarco in Alabama will each face a fellow Republican in today's elections.
Berger, who is running for North Carolina's 6th District seat, is currently the district attorney of North Carolina's Rockingham County, a position he has held for the past seven years. Along with opponent Mark Walker, he emerged as one of the top two vote-getters among a field of eight candidates in the May primary.
Berger has received support from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) during his campaign, as well as from the Carolinas Credit Union League, due to his support of credit unions in and around the district.
"Phil has a lot of connections to credit unions in the Sixth District, and he has expressed a real appreciation for the services they offer," said Dan Schline, league senior vice president of association services.
North Carolina's 6th District includes parts of Greensboro and Durham. It leans Republican, so the winner of today's runoff is likely to succeed in November, according to a report by Politico leading up to the primary.
In the Republican runoff in Alabama's 6th District, state Rep. Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) will face off against Gary Palmer, chief development officer for the Alabama Policy Institute think tank. DeMarco, who has introduced credit union-friendly legislation during his nine-year tenure in the Alabama House of Representatives, has been endorsed by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LCSU).
LCSU and CULAC have reached out to approximately 26,000 households with credit union members with several rounds of mailers designed to increase turnout for the runoff.
Alabama's 6th District seat has been held by Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) since 1993. Bachus announced his retirement in September.