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Pa. CUs familiarize political candidates with CU issues
Erie (Pa.) area credit unions meet Republican State Senate candidate Janet Anderson at Erie FCU.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/16/12)--Pennsylvania credit unions statewide have been initiating early involvement with political candidates to make them familiar with credit unions and credit union issues, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA).

Elections bring many opportunities for credit unions to engage with candidates, volunteer for campaigns and build relationships. Early relationship building of this type is how credit unions gain friends in the state General Assembly and some have risen to become members of Congress, PCUA said.

Republican State Senate Candidate for the 49th district, Janet Anderson, met with Erie-area credit unions to discuss issues that are important in the district, and at the state and federal level (Life is a Highway April 11).

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Steve Welch (fourth from left) meets with a group of credit union leaders at TruMark Financial CU in Trevose, Pa.
Discussion topics included: the Erie airport expansion; keeping jobs and businesses in Erie; the need to match workforce with skill sets; energy initiatives; differences between credit unions and banks; state and federal regulatory burdens; fiscal responsibility; downsizing Pennsylvania government responsibly; urgency to pass the member business lending bill; and data breach responsibility.

Credit union leaders from the Philadelphia and Harrisburg areas met Wednesday with U.S. Senate Republican candidate Steve Welch at TruMark Financial CU in Trevose (Life is a Highway April 6) .

The meeting allowed credit unions to learn more about Welch's platform, share legislative and regulatory concerns facing credit unions, and further educate him on credit unions.

Lonny Maurer, president/CEO of Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., meets with State House Democratic Candidate Patty Kim. (Photos provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association)
Welch shared his thoughts about the damage of the Dodd/Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and how he believes it hurts businesses and credit unions. He also expressed his commitment to credit union member business lending legislation (S. 2231) and supplemental capital.

Credit unions in attendance included: TruMark Financial CU; Sb1 FCU, Philadelphia; Fairless CU, Morrisville; Sun East FCU, Aston; Keystone FCU, West Chester; Upper Darby (Pa.) Belltelco FCU ; American Heritage FCU, Philadelphia; PSECU, Harrisburg; and Members 1st FCU, Mechanicsburg.

If successful in the primary election, Welch will face U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in the November general election.

Belco Community CU President/CEO Lonny Maurer recently met with the 103rd State House Democratic Candidate Patty Kim. Kim is running for recently retired Representative Ron Buxton's seat, which is being contested by three other candidates (Life is a Highway April 2).

The meeting allowed Kim to learn more about credit unions and share what she envisions for the district, PCUA said.


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