Bonamici Wins Democratic Primary, Faces Cornilles in General Election

Democratic state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici and Republican businessman Rob Cornilles won their respective primaries by wide margins in Oregon’s special House election Tuesday. Both are vying to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Rep. David Wu, D-Ore, and will now square off in a general election on Jan. 31, 2012.

The primary results came on the heels of months of widespread interest in the Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) announced its support of Bonamici in October.

“Senator Bonamici has been a great friend to credit unions during her tenure in the State Legislature, and we were proud to support her in the primary campaign to be Oregon’s next Congressperson from the First Congressional District,” NWCUA Director of Legislative Advocacy Jennifer Wagner said. “Senator Bonamici understands issues that are critical to credit unions at the federal level including the need to increase our member business lending cap and protect the cooperative structure that helps credit unions thrive. We look forward to continuing our support of her in the general election.”

Before going into private practice as a lawyer, Bonamici worked on consumer protection issues at the Federal Trade Commission. She has worked closely with the NWCUA during her time in the Oregon state Senate and has made it clear that she is well aware of the issues that are currently of critical importance to the credit union movement.

“I am thrilled about winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary,” Bonamici said. “Thank you to the Northwest Credit Union Association for supporting me during the primary and for the continued support as the real work now begins to win in January. As Oregon’s next Congresswoman, I look forward to a productive partnership with Oregon credit unions. By working together to get more small business owners the capital they need to grow and increase their bottom line, we can build communities, put people back to work and further our economic recovery.”

Results showed Bonamici having received 48,404 votes (65 percent), while Brad Avakian, the next leading vote getter in the Democratic primary, received just 16,415 (22 percent). Cornilles received 39,500 votes (73 percent) in the Republican primary.

“The general election is shaping up to be quite competitive and potentially a sign of what to expect in the presidential election in late 2012,” Wagner said. “All eyes will be on Oregon on Jan. 31 to see which side of the aisle voters are leaning toward.”


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