League Announces Support for Third District Contender

As the doors of the credit union were unlocked, credit union professionals from throughout Clark, Cowlitz and Thurston counties began to file into the Fibre Federal Credit Union conference room. Although it was an early morning for many, they came to show their support of third Congressional district contender Jaime Herrera as the Washington Credit Union League announced its official support for her campaign.

Last year, Congressman Brian Baird, who has held the seat for 12 years, announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection, creating an opening for candidates seeking the position. The filing deadline for the position (and indeed all Washington electoral offices) was last Friday, June 11. Candidates who have filed for the position include:

  • Jaime Herrera (R-Ridgefield)
  • Denny Heck (D-Olympia)
  • David Hedrick (R-Camas)
  • David Castillo (R-East Olympia)
  • Cheryl Crist (D-Olympia)
  • Norma Jean Stevens (I-Ocean Park)

“The third Congressional district is really a swing district for Washington,” said League Senior Vice President Stacy Augustine, “Republican Representative Linda Smith held the seat between 1994 and 1998, and current Democrat incumbent Representative Brian Baird has held the seat since that time. Polling shows that the district is evenly split between entrenched Republicans and Democrats, which means that folks who are currently undecided, or who vote both tickets will determine the race.”

Herrera was appointed to fill the 18th state legislative district in the Washington State House of Representatives in 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, she worked in Washington, D.C. as Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers serving as the Congresswoman’s lead advisor on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. Herrera grew up in Southwest Washington, attended the University of Washington, and is a member of iQ Credit Union.

“Herrera has been a friend to credit unions over the past few years,” said Fibre Federal Credit Union President/CEO Larry Hoff. “She’s been there when we’ve needed her, both voting for our bills, and encouraging her colleagues to do the same. I know that if she’s chosen to fill this position, she’ll be there for us in Congress.”

The third Congressional district race will be one of the most closely watched open seat elections in 2010.

If you’d like to learn more about Jaime Herrera or contribute to her campaign, go to her campaign web site: www.jaimeherrera.com.

The Washington Credit Union League’s political action committees are nonpartisan and support candidates who support credit union issues. If you have a candidate in your area you’d like us to know more about, please contact Credit Union Legislative Action Fund Treasurer Mark Minickiello at 206.340.4812 or at: mminickiello@waleague.org.

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