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2018 Primary Election Results

Now that the results are in from across the state it’s time to highlight a few key developments that came out of the primary elections. With the entire state House, state Senate, and the congressional delegation being up for election coupled with the race for governor, it is going to be a busy couple of months between now and the general election. With that being said MCUL’s government affairs team, Board, and the PAC Board of Trustees have been busy analyzing the candidates running in these races, providing endorsements and support to credit union friendly candidates running for office.

The race to become the next Governor of Michigan is going to be a tight one. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette were the winners of their respective primaries. Both leaders are well known within our industry and have been active at our events. They both have strong voting records on our issues including our 2003 Michigan Credit Union Act modernization and predatory lending issues. Schuette defeated Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley by an impressive 51-25 percent margin. Whitmer won her party’s nomination with 52 percent of the vote over self-funded Shri Thanedar, who received just shy of 18 percent, and Abdul El-Sayed, who finished with just over 30 percent. Overall, 499,387 voters supported Schuette, with 586,074 voters supporting Whitmer. We expect this race to remain competitive.

At the federal level, MCUL endorsed all the incumbent congressional delegation members, including U.S. Representatives Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Justin Amash, John Moolenaar, Dan Kildee, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Paul Mitchell, Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence. MCUL also made an endorsement of Andy Levin, who is running to replace his father in the 9th District, and incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. All were successful in their elections.

At the state level, we endorsed in 23 of the 38 senate seats. Our endorsed candidates were successful in 20 of the 23 seats, for a success rate of 87 percent. Notable results include Betty Jean Alexander defeating incumbent Senator David Knezek in the 5th District. Former House Financial Services Chairman Mike Callton lost to House colleague Dr. John Bizon in the 19th District. Current Representatives Mike McCready, Peter Lucido, Roger Victory, Chris Afendoulis and Curt VanderWall along with others were successful in defeating their challengers to win their primaries.

In the primaries for the House, we endorsed in 54 of the 110 seats. Our endorsed candidates were successful in 52 of the 54 seats, for a success rate of 96 percent. Notable results include incumbent Representatives Patrick Green and David Maturen losing to their primary challengers. As an industry, we should be very pleased with the results of this year’s primary election.

The government affairs team, PAC Board of Trustees and MCUL Board will continue to assess and analyze the remaining seats to determine whether additional engagement and support is warranted.

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2018-08-09 00:00:00