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2020 Candidate Survey

A brief survey was sent to Wisconsin candidates for state and federal office to get their stance on credit union issues. Please note that incumbents who we have previously surveyed were not included this year.

Please note: The candidate survey responses have been updated to reflect only candidates who have won their 2020 election races. 

State Assembly Candidate Responses


A-8 Sylvia Ortiz Velez (D) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: No

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: Because I will support their right to be organized and not have to have only commercial options available. 

 

A-11 Dora Drake (D) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: As someone who personally has an account with Educators Credit Union, I've personally experienced how they assist every day people improve their credit, create financial opportunities to start businesses, assist with auto loans, mortgages, and so much more. I recognize and understand the importance and services Wisconsin credit unions offer and it's essential that credit unions continue to receive support in order to continue those services such as providing loans to job-creating businesses in our state.

 

A-13 Sarah Rodriguez (D) - Challenger

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: I am currently a member of the Landmark Credit Union and am a supporter of credit unions where they are smaller and have more direct accountability to their members for service and products.  Credit unions have members' best interest at heart rather than a profit-driven motivation.

 

A-29 Clint Moses (R) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: As a member of my local credit union, (Westconsin Credit Union), I know and appreciate what credit unions do for their members and communities. Two years ago I was asked to be a nominee for the WCU board and was eager to volunteer and put my name on the ballot because of my positive personal experience as a member. In addition I have been a small business owner since the age of 16 and have served my community on various boards. 

 

A-41 Alex Dallman (R) -Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: I am highly in favor of reducing regulatory burdens and red tape. I am in full support of the private sector and the funding that is provided to business is vitally important to continue the growth of our economy. We need to everything that we can to create an environment that is beneficial for business to start-up and expand - and credit unions play a major role in this process.     Please let me know if you have any other specific questions or concerns. I have spent the last 5 years working for Congressman Glenn Grothman in his Fond du Lac District Office and have sat in on meetings with your organization on multiple occasions in the past. I appreciate your allowing me to participate in this survey.


A-44 Sue Conley (D) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: I've spent the better part my working career in the non-profit sector bringing needed programs and services to our community. Blackhawk Community Credit Union was created to serve members who were employed by the Janesville General Motors Assembly plant. My husband worked at that plant, until it closed in 2008, and BHCCU provided us with our mortgage and deposit accounts. Because my career involved leading non-profit organizations (YWCA Rock County and Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin) you can be sure that I understand what it means to be a not-for-profit organization working hard every day to support members of our community in need. I value consensus building and have high standards for non-profit board governance best practices In Janesville, BHCCU provides more than banking services; they provide community support and encouragement in many other ways - sponsoring non-profit events, volunteering for programs, and participating in the many service clubs in town. While I am most familiar with BHCCU, I know that Advia Credit Union, Educators Credit Union, First Community Credit Union, and Summit Credit Union all provide our community with needed financial services. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I welcome your comments and questions.


A-48 Samba Baldeh (D) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes 

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: No

Why credit unions should support this candidate: As a progressive, I would like to work with advocates, activists and elected officials from throughout the state. This will give me an opportunity to learn from people working at the community level, unions, school districts and other legislative bodies.


A-55 Rachel Cabral Guevara (R) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: 'I seek support from all groups that support and better our residents, district, and Wisconsin. I am new to the world of politics and have much to learn BUT am a quick learner who listens before drawing any conclusion. All info needs to be gather and all sides heard prior to a decision being made. I am a fiscal conservative who supports minimal government, liberties, and fights for our freedoms. I am a small business owner. I am a mother of 4. I have been a proud member of a credit union since I was a young child and have instilled financial responsibility to my children.   I look forward to working and supporting any group that has their clients and employees interests at heart.   I would love to learn more about pending issues and positives within the credit union world and seek to move forward in our connections.  


A-75 David Armstrong (R) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: No

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: In my role of Director of Economic Development for Barron County I work regularly with WESTconsin Credit Union and RCU for Economic Development needs in the County. I will oppose any legislation that creates additional burdens on Credit Unions and support any that allow additional services for customers. 


A-76 Francesca Hong (D)- Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: As a proud credit union member-owner I support credit unions and their mission of supporting members as a not-for-profit financial institution. As mom, proud Korean American, community organizer and a small business owner I am dedicated to increasing opportunities for communities who lack recourse and access to traditional financial institutions. I aim to work with credit unions who are committed to advancing business opportunities for women, non binary folks, and communities of color. With the support of credit union member-owners I look forward to working together and adhering to our commitments to advancing financial literacy and entrepreneurial opportunities for Wisconsin communities to move our state forward, stronger.   



State Senate Candidate Responses


S-26 Kelda Roys (D) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: I'm a strong, lifelong supporter and member of credit unions and cooperatives. My personal, business, and campaign financial institutions are credit unions, and my Assembly voting record on issues of importance to financial cooperatives is superlative. I will continue to advocate for the ability of credit unions to be able to serve their member-owners well in the Senate. 


S-31 Brad Pfaff (D) - Open Seat

Past or present CU member: Yes

Oppose additional CU taxes & regulations: Yes

Support lifting MBL limit: Yes

Why credit unions should support this candidate: I am a proud credit union member. I have received a home loan as well as numerous car loans throughout the years from my local credit union. I recognize and appreciate their support for the communities they serve. I support expanding local access to financial lending and saving options for Wisconsin students, families and seniors. We need more investments in our communities and am proud to work with credit unions as they continue to serve individuals, families, and businesses in our communities. Credit Unions play an important part in our financial marketplace and have proven to be a responsible, secure and trustworthy institutions. As Senator, I’ll work to maintain a competitive and level playing field for financial institutions and promote fair consumer protection laws.