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CUs candidates win one lose one in special elections
WASHINGTON (9/15/11)--Credit union-backed candidates went one-for-two in House special elections held on Tuesday, as Nevada’s Mark Amodei (R) won, while New York’s Dave Weprin (D) fell to his Republican opponent.
Click to view larger image Nevada Credit Union League employees Jeremy Empol, left, Patty Salazar, Melissa Ameluxen, and Andrea Svoboda, along with Great Basin FCU CEO Dennis Flannigan, support new House member Mark Amodei by canvassing in his district. (Photo: California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues)
Amodei, who has a strong relationship with Nevada credit unions and was backed by credit union canvassers in his home precincts, defeated Democratic opponent Kate Marshall, winning 58% of total votes. The former Nevada state senator won the House seat that was vacated when Rep. Dean Heller (R) took on the Senate seat of scandal-plagued former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.). Amodei will need to run again in 2012 if he wishes to hold on to his newly won House seat. Amodei’s win was not shocking, as Nevada’s second district is largely Republican leaning. However, Tuesday’s New York result, which came in a special election to replace disgraced former House member Rep. Anthony Weiner, was a surprise to many. New York State Assemblyman Dave Weprin (D) was upset by Republican Bob Turner in their contest to represent New York’s ninth congressional district, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Turner won with around 54% of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Weprin has been a vocal credit union advocate and has repeatedly worked with the Credit Union Association of New York on credit union issues. Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) "will continue to be in the game on behalf of credit union-friendly candidates, and will aggressively support credit union friends in the elections next year." The presidency, congressional seats, and state and local positions are all at stake in 2012.

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