Credit Union Candidates in Michigan Finish Strong (Misc News: November 3, 2010)
The MCUL stepped up advocacy efforts to have a significant impact on the midterm elections and build a broad base of credit union support during a tumultuous time in state government. MCUL-supported candidates performed well, including Republican Gov.-elect Rick Snyder and Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who benefitted from credit union radio advertisements.
Overall, 13 of 15 MCUL-endorsed congressional candidates and 98 of 114 endorsed state House and Senate candidates were successful – a strong 86 percent. While a number of Democratic credit union supporters will not return to Lansing, including House Financial Services Committee Chairman Dan Scripps, D-Northport, the MCUL state and federal lawmakers of the year – state Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland — both are looking to fill critical positions within their respective caucuses. Richardville is a contender to be senate majority leader, while Camp is the frontrunner for chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Yesterday's election results clearly represent a significant change of direction for Michiganders,” said MCUL & Affiliates CEO David Adams. “We appreciate your patience and support as we can now step back and see how well we have positioned ourselves to advocate on your behalf. We have also helped elect many lawmakers who will be more supportive of credit unions and their issues as a result of our efforts.”
As corporate funding played a significant role in many races, it continues to be critical for the MCUL to support candidates that have made a commitment to our industry, Adams said. Issue ads and independent expenditures will continue to drive elections, and the 2010 midterms have shown that credit unions can continue to have an impact.
For complete results, go to MCUL’s supported candidates page.