2022 Midterm Elections – Races to Watch

Published by: Andrew Canan

November 2, 2022 | Political Action

With the midterm election upon us next week, the impact on credit unions is top of mind. A key part of our advocacy success is building relationships with decision-makers and providing them the support needed to be elected or re-elected, ensuring a credit union seat at the policymaking table. By providing that support, Ohio’s credit unions can know that these candidates will support their interests at the Ohio Statehouse and in Congress. See below for the top races that we are focused on ahead of Tuesday (supported candidates in bold):

  • S. Senate – Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Howland) vs. J.D. Vance (R-Cincinnati)
    • A longtime advocate for credit unions and fierce opponent of taxation, Congressman Ryan also has a close relationship with his area credit unions and understands the “People Helping People” philosophy.
  • Ohio 1st Congressional – Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) vs. Councilman Greg Landsman (D-Cincinnati)
    • Throughout his two decades in Congress, Rep. Chabot has been one of our biggest champions, including during his tenure as Chairman of the Small Business Committee.
  • Ohio’s 9th Congressional – Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) vs. J.R. Majewski (R-Port Clinton)
    • With one more re-election, Rep. Kaptur would become the longest-serving woman in Congressional history (already the longest-serving woman in the House) but first, she has arguably her toughest test in recent memory. An ardent champion of CDFI Funding, Rep. Kaptur has been there for credit unions since day one.
  • Ohio’s 13th Congressional – State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) Madison Gesiotto-Gilbert (R-North Canton)
    • During her time in the statehouse, Rep. Sykes has been a voice for credit unions, particularly during her tenure as Minority Leader in the Ohio House. Further, she is a longtime credit union member, with which she has a strong relationship.
  • Ohio Senate District 13 – State Sen. Nathan Manning (R- North Ridgeville) Anthony Eliopoulos (D-Lorain)
    • Throughout his time in the Ohio House and now, as Senate Judiciary Chairman, Sen. Manning is always willing to meet with area credit unions and supports key issues, like cyber security.
  • Ohio House District 4 – State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) Jill Rudler (R-New Albany)
    • A lifetime educator, Rep. Lightbody is always there to support credit unions. Whether it be an invite to a branch opening or to discuss a policy matter, credit unions can always count on her to be there to support.
  • Ohio House District 31 – State Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) Rita Darrow (D-Macedonia)
    • An accountant in a previous life, Rep. Roemer knows the numbers and thus, financial issues. A strong voice on the House Financial Institutions Committee, Roemer has always been someone credit unions can count on to be in their corner.
  • Ohio House District 36 – State Rep. Andrea White (R-Kettering) Addison Caruso (D-Dayton)
    • Serving in her first term, Rep. White has already developed a reputation as a hard-working policy guru. Any time we have needed to discuss a piece of legislation, Rep. White is willing to meet and dive deep into the discussion, serving as a strong advocate for credit unions throughout the committee process.

Contact Andrew Canan for questions or assistance.

Andrew Canan
Andrew Canan Director, Political Affairs E: acanan@ohiocul.org
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