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CU-backed candidates win Ala. Ga. races
WASHINGTON (7/17/08)-- Two candidates with credit union support, vying for U.S. House slots in Alabama, have succeeded in their runoff races and will go on to the general election. In Alabama’s second district, State Rep. Jay Love defeated State Sen. Harri Ann Smith, a community banker, in a GOP runoff. Love next will face Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, a Democrat, in the November 15 election. They are vying for a House seat vacated by retiring Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.). In the fifth district GOP runoff, credit union-backed candidate and casualty insurance executive Wayne Parker prevailed over Huntsville-based attorney Cheryl Guthrie. Parker is seeking to replace retiring incumbent Rep. Bud Cramer (D-Ala.) and will face State Sen. Parker Griffith (D) in November. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and state league supported both successful candidates. Alabama CU League President Gary Wolter has said of Love and Parker that each has shown himself to be a leader who understands “credit unions, and our issues, and how important credit unions are for so many people.” In a separate race, CUNA Political Director Trey Hawkins noted that in a Georgia primary Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat, easily won what was supposed to be his toughest election in years. “All incumbents in Georgia won their primaries, but our biggest concern was the race involving Lewis, a strong supporter of credit unions,” Hawkins said noting that Lewis is one of 149 co-sponsors of the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA, H.R. 1537). The Georgia CU League mobilized on Lewis’ behalf providing such support as campaign volunteers. “Lewis should have no trouble in the general,” Hawkins predicted. CUNA’s Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) made contributions to the successful candidates - $10,000 to each.


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