CUs back candidates in 8 states Tuesday in busy primary day

June 4, 2018

Tuesday marks the busiest primary day of the 2018 election cycle, and credit unions are supporting dozens of friendly candidates in eight states. CUNA, along with its political action committee, the Credit Union Legislative Council (CULAC), joins state leagues to select and support pro-credit union candidates.

In California, CUNA and the California Credit Union League are supporting incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). California operates under a “top two” system, in which the top two primary finishers, regardless of party, face off in the November election.

Feinstein faces 31 challengers in the primary from both parties.

Other primaries that CUNA and leagues are paying close attention to, due to their potentially competitive nature, include:

  • Alabama 2nd Congressional District: Incumbent Martha Roby (R-Ariz.) is supported by CULAC and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates. She faces four challengers in Tuesday’s Republican primary;
  • California 10th Congressional District: Incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) is supported by both CULAC and the California Credit Union League. Denham will face off against two fellow Republicans and six Democrats;
  • Mississippi 3rd Congressional District: CULAC and the Mississippi Credit Union Association support District Attorney Michael Guest in the Republican primary to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.). Guest will face off against five other candidates. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers on June 26;
  • New Jersey 2nd Congressional District: CULAC and the New Jersey Credit Union League are supporting state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D), who is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.). Four Republicans will face off in the Republican primary for the seat, and November’s election will likely be competitive.