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March 5, 2018
Filing period ends, revealing legislative, congressional primary choices
Marine FCU Director and Supervisory Committee Chair Isaiah "Ike" Johnson (far right) shares a lighthearted moment in the office of U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC13). Johnson is a new candidate for North Carolina House District 14.

The filing period for state legislative and congressional races closed February 18, and for the first time in recent memory--maybe ever--no candidate for state or federal office will run unopposed. And in one district, a candidate in the November general election will be a credit union volunteer.

In the NC House of Representatives races, Isaiah "Ike" Johnson--board member and supervisory committee chair for Marine FCU in Jacksonville--filed to run for House District 14. The seat is held by Rep. George Cleveland (R), who is opposed in the primary by Joseph R. McLaughlin, former Onslow County Commissioner and one-time candidate for NC Insurance Commissioner.

Mr. Cleveland is one of many incumbent lawmakers finding themselves in unfamiliar territory with contested primaries. Longtime congressional member Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC5) has to get past two other Republicans, and fellow incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC10) has five Republican opponents. On the other hand, longime credit union supporter Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC3) only has to get by two opponents in the primary to win de facto re-election. No opponent filed for that seat in the general election.

A number of state legislators also face primary opponents, who in some cases are current colleagues. Map alterations due to legislative redistricting have pitted incumbents against each other, and in a coupleof those cases the members announced retirement or moved to another district to avoid running against a colleague. With primary election races looming May 8, campaigning and fundraising activity will be heavy.

The NC State Board of Elections has the complete list of candidates.

CU advocates reach new levels of voice, influence at 2018 CUNA GAC
At the 2018 CUNA GAC, credit union advocates were reminded of their critical role as voices of the movement--and they responded.

North Carolina credit unions were among more than 5,000 to attend last week's 2018 CUNA GAC, and activities there reinforced CUNA's theme of "Your Voice Is Critical. Make It Heard." 

CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney--former US Representative from South Carolina's 5th District--addressed the general session on Tuesday and at the outset touted his Founders FCU membership. Mulvaney affirmed his focus on bad actors and thanked the movement for all they do for consumers. NC credit unions also enjoyed focused exchanges with Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), as well as Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC10), Robert Pittenger (R-NC9), Richard Hudson (R-NC8), David Price (D-NC4), Virginia Foxx (R-NC5), Mark Walker (R-NC16), and Ted Budd (R-NC13). The contingent thanked members for protection of credit unions through tax reform and for H.R.620 for ADA education and reform, while urging their support of common-sense regulation in S.2155.

See more on the 2018 CUNA GAC in our Tuesday and Thursday recaps.

NC delegation members sign amicus brief supporting Mulvaney's CFPB stint

Five of North Carolina's members of Congress are co-signers of an amicus brief supporting the designation of CFPB Acting Diretor Mick Mulvaney and his work to "restore true and meaningful accountability" to the agency, which was created by the Dodd-Frank Act.

Among 38 Senators and 75 Representatives on the filing are Senator Thom Tillis and Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC13), Patrick McHenry (R-NC10), Mark Meadows (R-NC11), and Robert Pittenger (R-NC9). The brief confirms authority of the President in naming an interim director and expresses that Mulvaney's continued service is "in the public's best interest" until a permanent director is confirmed. 

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