46 CU-Friendly Candidates Successful in Primary Elections

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California credit unions earned several wins in primary-election races across the state this past week. The Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) and state credit union leagues backed many victorious credit union-friendly candidates, experiencing a significant success rate.

CULAC and the California Credit Union League supported 46 successful candidates, including:

  • Democratic State Senator Sydney Kamlager in her bid to replace Democratic Rep. Karen Bass in the open 37th District race. Kamlager has a proven track record of engaging with credit unions at the state level.
  • Incumbent Rep. Young Kim, a Republican who ran in the newly drawn 40th District.
  • Democratic Assemblymember Adam Gray who won against Phil Arballo in the new 13th District. Gray has collaborated closely with CCUL on their priorities at the state level.
  • Republican Rep. David Valadao who faced three opponents in the competitive 22nd District.
  • Reps. Maxine Waters, D-43, and Juan Vargas, D-52, and Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, who authored credit union-focused legislation. Most recently, Waters introduced H.R. 7003, the Expanding Financial Access for Underserved Communities Act, and shepherded the bill through the House Financial Services Committee which she chairs. Vargas and Padilla introduced versions of the Credit Union Board Modernization Act in their respective chambers this year.

CULAC is one of the five largest trade association political action committees (PACs) and among the most bipartisan PACs in the country. CULAC works with state credit union leagues to identify, vet, and back congressional candidates who support credit unions and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA)-League system’s efforts to promote financial wellbeing for all.

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