DENVER (8/27/08)--Credit union volunteer Pamelya Herndon first became involved in politics after attending the 1993 Presidential Inauguration. The U.S. New Mexico FCU Board vice chair and delegate to the Democratic National Convention has been hooked ever since.
“I began working on local and national campaigns as a volunteer and have continued to do so since then,” the first-time national party convention attendee told News Now
. U.S. New Mexico FCU has $532 million in assets and is located in Albuquerque. Herndon became a delegate to the Democratic National Convention after being elected at her Congressional District Convention. The process was very much like running for a political office, she said. “I had to find people who would support me and then I had to get them to attend the Congressional District Convention to cast their votes for me,” said Herndon. “Ultimately, I was elected as a pledged delegate for Sen. Barack Obama.” Herndon decided to become a delegate because she was “truly excited and fired up about the 2008 Presidential election and about Obama becoming our next president.” “As a delegate, I could cast a vote that would help Senator Obama become the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party,” she said. During the convention this week in Denver, Herndon said she most looks forward to “casting her vote for the first African American Presidential nominee of a major political party, and then being present to watch him accept the nomination of the Democratic Party.” “I look forward to meeting many of the thousands of other delegates to the convention and participating in the various caucus meetings,” she explained. “I look forward to voting on the Party Platform and being a delegate at the convention that is destined to be remembered as the greatest political convention of all times.” She said she continues to support candidates who support the ideals and principles of credit unions. Herndon initially became involved with her credit union as a volunteer member of the Volunteer Development Committee, which developed educational training programs and strategies to recruit more volunteers. After the Volunteer Development Committee, she became a member of the supervisory committee. Two years later, a vacancy resulted in her seat on the credit union’s board of directors. Through its website and direct mail, U.S. New Mexico FCU keeps its membership informed about political matters that affect credit unions--a process that has not changed over the years, she said. She offered advice to her credit union peers. “I strongly encourage credit union volunteers and professionals to learn about the issues that affect credit unions and support candidates who believe in the principles, ideals and philosophy of credit unions,” said Herndon.