How Ohio’s primary results may impact credit unions

Published by: Andrew Canan

March 20, 2024 | Political Action

Supporting credit union advocates is a key philosophy that drives political action at the League and ensures Movement champions are in office at the Statehouse and Congress. That would not be possible without members’ commitment to the process. With more than $330,000 raised to support state and federal legislative champions in the 2024 elections, Ohio’s credit unions saw positive primary results. Key highlights from Tuesday evening include:

  • Ohio’s 6th Congressional Race – During his time in the statehouse, state Sen. Michael Rulli (R-Salem) has been an advocate for the free market and allowing small businesses to operate as they see best. That philosophy translated to support of credit union issues, including a relationship with area credit unions, lending to League support in the primary. Sen. Rulli was able to secure victory with 49% of the vote.
  • Ohio Senate
    • 6th District – The League favored state Rep. Willis Blackshear Jr. (D-Dayton) in this race, as he has supported key credit union priorities during his time as a member of the House Finance Committee. With 46% of the vote, Blackshear held off his two primary opponents.
    • 10th District – Former state Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) pursued a Statehouse comeback in aiming for this state Senate seat and cruised to victory with 64% of the vote. The sponsor of the payday lending reform bill, Rep. Koehler understands the important role not-for-profit, cooperative financial institutions play in their communities.
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    • 17th District – Also seeking a return to the Statehouse, former Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) was able to hold off his key opponent, 49%-46%. Having previously served on the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Dovilla understands the importance of maintaining the tax exemption status of credit unions.
    • 29th District – In her role as House Criminal Justice Committee Chair, Rep. Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) understands the need for better cybersecurity measures to protect businesses and consumers. Serving in a safe seat for House Republicans, Rep. Abrams will likely be returning to the House following her 59%-41% victory in the primary.
    • 69th District – A former Ohio State Trooper, Rep. Kevin Miller (R-Newark) has always answered the call for support from credit unions and has a close relationship with his own credit union. Despite a flood of money into this race, Rep. Miller’s victory was never in doubt on election night as he received 60% of the vote to his opponent’s 40%.
    • 83rd District – The race for this seat was the heartbreak of the evening for Ohio credit unions. House Assistant Majority Floor Leader Jon Cross (R-Findlay) was unable to overcome his opponent in what was arguably the most hotly contested primary in the state. Rep. Cross was introduced to the League by Quest FCU and has been a top champion ever since. The League will seek to connect with his opponent, Ty Matthews, to learn more about him and his familiarity with credit unions.

Contact Andrew Canan for questions or assistance.

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