WASHINGTON-John Campbell, who received support from CUNA and the California Credit Union League, won his Dec. 6 run-off for the congressional seat vacated by Christopher Cox (R-Calif.). Campbell, a Republican state senator, received $5,000 toward his primary from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) of CUNA, and another $5,000 for the general election-the maximum allowed by law, according to CUNA Political Director Trey Hawkins. “Because it was a special election, we always try to play a heavy role if we can,” he explained. In choosing a candidate for CULAC to back, Hawkins said, “We look at a combination of support for credit union issues and credit unions and political viability.” He added that the seat is a Republican stronghold, “So we try to be as politically realistic as we can.” The choice of Campbell was “almost a no-brainer,” he said. Campbell will serve out the remainder of this term and will have to run for re-election next November. Cox resigned the seat when President George W. Bush appointed him to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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