WASHINGTON (11/04/08)—The nation’s media outlets for months have been predicting record voter turnout for today’s presidential election as the country decides whether Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain will lead the country for the next four years. Also, hanging in the balance are a number of key races involving credit union friendly candidates. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA), state leagues and credit unions will be carefully watching developments in the following races involving credit union supporters and co-sponsors of the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA, H.R. 1537). Races of interest in the U.S. House include:
* Long-time credit union advocate and CURIA co-author Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), who is being challenged by Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta (R); * State Rep. Judy Baker (D-Mo.), who is running against banker and former State Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer (R), for an open seat; *Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R), a long-time credit union advocate, who is challenging Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.); * Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.), a CURIA co-sponsor, in a three-way race against Michigan State Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters (D) and Dr. Jack Kervorkian (I), assisted suicide advocate; * Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), a CURIA co-sponsor and key player in passage of H.R. 1151, against State Rep Steve Driehaus (D); * Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.), a freshman House member and CURIA co-sponsor, against businessman Chris Hackett (R); and * Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.), a CURIA co-sponsor, who is running against State Sen. Dina Titus (D).
Key races in the U.S. Senate of interest to credit unions include:
* In Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), a Senate CURIA co-sponsor who is being challenged by State Treasurer John Kennedy (R); * In Colorado, Rep. Mark Udall (D), a House CURIA co-sponsor, who is running for an open Senate seat against former Rep. Bob Schaffer (R), * Rep. Steve Pearce, a New Mexico Republican and House CURIA co-sponsor, running for an open Senate seat against Rep. Tom Udall (D).
“These are just some of the races that we are following with great interest,” said CUNA Political Director Trey Hawkins Monday. “We encourage credit unions and credit union members to get out today and vote for credit union friends across the country.”