WESTBROOK, Maine (11/4/13)--The Maine Credit Union League Thursday endorsed U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)--a former credit union board member--in his campaign for governor of Maine.
The league, which represents 61 credit unions and 633,000 members, announced its endorsement at its headquarters before a crowd of about 100 people that included league board members and staff.
| U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, left, (D-Maine) shakes hands with John Murphy, Maine Credit Union League president/CEO, after the league endorsed Michaud's campaign for the governor of Maine. (Photo provided by Maine Credit Union League)|
"From his time in the state legislature--including serving as Senate President--to his six terms in Congress, Congressman Michaud has been a great friend to Maine's credit unions," John Murphy, league president/CEO.
"Having served as a credit union volunteer for several years, he has a unique understanding of our issues and the impact that legislation can have on credit unions and members. He also has a deep appreciation of the positive role that credit unions play in the lives of thousands of Maine consumers and in the communities they serve," he said.
A former board member, Michaud, left, is now an honorary credit union board member at Eastmill FCU in East Millinocket, Maine. In 2002, Michaud was first elected to Congress and was the only credit union board member serving in Congress at the time.
"It's our shared commitment to Maine's economy that makes the endorsement of the Maine Credit Union League so important to me," Michaud said. "Maine's credit unions are democracy in action. Locally owned and member-directed, they put the interests of their community first. Our economy relies on small businesses and the middle class. When they grow it helps everyone, and Maine's credit unions are helping them to grow."