Credit union supporters advance in North Carolina primary
Thursday, May 8, 2014
As North Carolina citizens turned out to vote in this week’s primary election, the Carolinas Credit Union League and NC credit unions watched closely to see how their credit union friends would fare. CCUL in conjunction with the NC Governmental Affairs Committee supported a slate of pro-credit union candidates this cycle through contributions from CUPAC of NC and CULAC.
“We are careful in making decisions about which candidates to support,” shared CCUL VP of Governmental Affairs Lauren Whaley. “Our North Carolina Governmental Affairs Committee did some great work looking at races and determining where our PAC dollars should go.”
According to Whaley, the League supported 16 state candidates with CUPAC contributions and participated in 12 federal races with CULAC contributions prior to this week’s primary. Of particular interest were the three open U.S. House seats vacated this cycle by Reps. Coble, McIntyre, and Watt and the competitive race of Rep. Walter Jones, a longtime credit union supporter from eastern North Carolina.
Here are the highlights from those four U.S. House races:
- 2nd District: Incumbent Walter Jones held off a well-funded challenger taking winning 51% to 45%; Jones represents eastern North Carolina and has been a strong credit unions support in his 20 years in Congress; CCUL supported Jones with a $5,000 CULAC contribution.
- 6th District: With Rep. Howard Coble retiring, the race for the 6th District (Greensboro area) saw nine candidates in the Republican primary. CCUL supported Phil Berger, Jr. with a $5,000 CULAC contribution. Berger did not receive the required 40% of the vote to avoid a run-off, but was the highest vote getter at 34%. Berger will face Mark Walker in a run-off on July 15. Walker received 25% of the vote.
- 7th District: Former state Senator David Rouzer defeated Wilmington attorney Woody White in the Republican primary in the 7th congressional district. CCUL supported Rouzer with a $5,000 CULAC contribution.
- 12th District: State Representative Alma Adams handily defeated the field winning 44% of the vote and avoiding a run-off in July. While CCUL did not get involved in the 12th District race with a CULAC contribution, we did have the opportunity to meet with Adams at Piedmont Advantage Credit Union in March.
By virtue of the partisan make-up in each of these districts (2nd, 6th, 7th, and 12th), it is likely that the primary winner (or in the case of the 6th district, the run-off winner), will be elected in November to represent the seat.