GOLDSBORO, N.C. (5/29/12)--North Carolina Community FCU, Goldsboro, N.C., employee John Bell IV (R), who was supported by the North Carolina Credit Union League (NCCUL), will move on to an N.C. State House general election contest after a recount confirmed his recent defeat of incumbent Steven LaRoque (R).
Bell, who currently serves as a sales and business development manager at North Carolina Community FCU, Goldsboro, won by a mere 39 votes. He also won the initial primary election, which took place earlier this month, but LaRoque asked for a re-count.
He will face Democrat Jim Hardison in November's general election contest for the N.C. District 10 state house seat. District 10 includes parts of Greene, Lenoir and Wayne Counties.
The NCCUL's political action committee, CUPAC, supported Bell in his primary contest, and the league in a statement said Bell's general election candidacy is "an incredible opportunity for credit unions as we could potentially have one of our own helping to represent our interests at the North Carolina General Assembly."
Credit Union National Association Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins noted that that Bell's victory was a step in the right direction. "As important as it is to elect candidates who support credit unions, it's even more encouraging to have an actual credit union person run and win," he said.