WASHINGTON (8/7/14)--Four credit union-supported candidates in Michigan and one in Washington emerged victorious in close races in Tuesday's primary elections.
The winners in Michigan's primary were:
- 1st District: Incumbent Rep. Dan Benishek won 70% of the vote over his opponent, Alan Arcand. Benishek has supported efforts to maintain credit unions' tax status;
- 4th District: State Sen. John Moolenaar defeated two challengers--Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy--with 52% of the vote. Moolenaar has supported numerous pro-credit union initiatives;
- 8th District: Former state senator and representative Mike Bishop (R) defeated his opponent, Tom McMillin, with 60% of the vote. A past chair of the state's Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and a key player in an update of the state's credit union charter, Bishop will face Democrat Eric Schertzing in November; and
- 12th District: Debbie Dingell (D), wife of retiring Rep. John Dingell (D), easily won her primary with 78% of the vote against challenger Raymond Mullins. She will face Republican Terry Bowman in November.
In Washington, Dan Newhouse (R), former state agriculture director, will advance to November's election and face fellow Republican candidate Clint Didier. The two topped the 12-person primary field, with Didier receiving 30.44% of the vote and Newhouse receiving 26.64%.
Several candidates backed by credit unions were defeated Tuesday, including current Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R) in Michigan's 11th Congressional District.
Rudy Hobbs, a Democratic candidate for Michigan's 14th District, appears to have lost his primary by a slim margin. Unofficial results had candidate Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence with a 2,493-vote lead over Hobbs.
The Detroit News
reported Hobbs conceded the election early Wednesday morning, but the report also indicates the Hobbs campaign can request a recount.
Tennessee will hold its primaries today, with credit unions supporting Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) in his bid to be elected to a third term. Alexander has been a longtime supporter of credit unions. In a 2010 subcommittee hearing, Alexander expressed concerns about potential burdens on credit unions that would come with the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Hawaii will hold its primary Saturday, and the Hawaii Credit Union League has supported state Rep. Mark Takai (D) in the race. Takai is running for the state's 1st Congressional District seat, the seat left open by current Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's (D) decision to run for Senate.
Both Alexander and Takai have been supported with a maximum $5,000 contribution from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council.