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CUs rally for CU board member in today's Ga. runoff race
GEORGIA (7/22/14)--Mike Collins, Republican congressional candidate, trucking company owner and credit union board member, will attempt to take the next step toward November with a runoff election today. If elected, Collins, a board member of Associated CU, based in Norcross, Ga. wth $1.3 billion in assets, would be the first credit union board member ever elected to Congress from Georgia.

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Leading up to the May election, Cindy Connelly, senior vice president of government influence for the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA), praised Collins' dedication to credit unions while on the campaign trail. She said Collins visited multiple branches throughout the district, and called him "a legislator who has spent years learning about the issues that impact credit unions and their members."

Seven different mailers were sent to 11,000 households with credit union members leading up to the runoff election (see one example to the right). These households contain members of six different credit unions.

GCUA also hosted Collins on a tour of six credit unions during the campaign, and several local credit unions included "get out the vote" style articles in newsletters and on their websites.

Collins and runoff opponent Jody Hice were the top two vote-getters out of a field of seven Republican candidates in the May 20 primary. Collins finished only 270 votes behind Hice. Since neither candidate received 50% of the vote, today's runoff will determine the Republican nominee.

Georgia's 10th District has elected Republican legislators since 1995. The seat is currently held by Rep. Paul Broun, who was defeated in the primary for a chance to fill the seat held by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R).

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