Advocates in Action: Full Throttle for Fall Elections

By Samantha Beeler, Political & Grassroots Manager, NWCUA

Oregonians Credit Union fans showed up for a recent parade in the St. John’s neighborhood and leveraged a moment to meet with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

Today is Washington’s primary and in preparation for today, and for the upcoming general election in the fall, credit union advocates in the Northwest have been busy meeting with their local legislators to share information about the credit union difference. Advocates have also been busy volunteering for campaigns and hosting credit union champions in their branches.

Here are some important highlights:

Carlyn Roy, CEO of Tapco Credit Union, hosted Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) to an all staff meeting where he was able to visit the branch and talk with employees. In addition, Roy, Peninsula Credit Union CEO Jim Morrell, and Jeff Kennedy, CEO of TwinStar Credit Union have also attended fundraisers for Congressman Heck, Congressman Derek Kilmer, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.

As a representative of the local business association and Venture Portland; Char Shinn, vice president of community development for Oregonians Credit Union, met with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales prior to a community parade in the St. Johns neighborhood. She reported Mayor Hales “was glad to know that a credit union will now be serving the area and supporting the local economic development.” Mayor Hales saw the credit union’s presence in the community because a large group of members, staff and the mascot turned out for the parade.

Jim Morrell, CEO of Peninsula Credit Union, meets with Washington State Rep. Drew MacEwen.

In June, Peninsula Credit Union’s Jim Morrell had a unique opportunity to attend the KMAS Radio Candidates Forum. Also in attendance were State Senator Tim Sheldon, a campaign staffer for State Rep. Kathy Haigh, State Rep. Drew MacEwen, and Congressman Derek Kilmer’s campaign manager. Morrell was also able to attend Shelton-Mason Chamber Candidates Forum where he met with all the candidates running in Washington’s 35th legislative district. Morrell has been working closely with the legislators in the 35th District and as the Key Contact, in this capacity, has helped the Northwest Credit Union Association and the Washington state CULAF to present campaign contributions to these credit union champions.

Key Contact Sadie Kenney of White River Credit Union also presented Drew Stoekesbary, a candidate in the 31st legislative district, with a CULAF contribution. Other Key Contacts in Washington, Roger Michaelis of iQ Credit Union and Larry Hoff of Fibre Federal, have met with representatives in their districts and have presented CULAF checks to credit union champions.

In Oregon, key contacts have also been busy meeting with candidates and presenting CULAF checks. In mid June, Stephen Pagenstecher of Point West Credit Union and Mary Greco of Clackamas Federal Credit Union attended a fundraiser for Congressman Kurt Schrader at the Three Rivers Farms in Canby, Oregon.

Editor’s note: Interested in becoming more involved with advocacy? Let the Northwest Credit Union Association know by emailing Samantha Beeler at, and use this form to let others know about your Advocates in Action events.

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