March 29, 2012
|From left to right: Marshall Ellison, TwinStar Credit Union; Denny Heck; Marilyn Ball-Brown, Generations Credit Union; Phyllis Kaczmarski, TwinStar; Jeff Kennedy, TwinStar.|
TwinStar Credit Union in Lacey, Wash., hosted a fundraiser Wednesday for Denny Heck, Democratic candidate for Washington’s new 10th Congressional District and a former credit union employee. The NWCUA announced its support of Heck’s campaign and presented him with a $10,000 contribution from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC)—the maximum amount allowed by law.
“We are very excited to be able to support Denny in his race to become the first member of Congress from the new 10th congressional seat,” said Mark Minickiello, vice president of legislative affairs for the NWCUA. “The Association’s decision to support Denny was based on his past employment at a credit union and his in-depth knowledge and stated support of credit union issues.”
Heck has been endorsed by more than 150 elected officials in Washington State, including Congressmen Norm Dicks and Adam Smith. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently named his race one of the top 18 most competitive campaigns in the country.
Heck is one of the few candidates running for Congress with experience in the public, private and non-profit sector. He has started several small businesses, including Intrepid Learning Solutions which grew from two employees to now over 300, and he co-founded the state television network TVW (Washington State’s version of C-SPAN) in order to increase government accountability and transparency. Heck also helped found Digital Efficiency, which specializes in aiding businesses and medical facilities in transferring toward an all digital format.
Heck served his community in the State House of Representatives for nearly a decade and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as majority leader before retiring in 1986. While in the State House, Denny was one of the prime authors of the state’s historic Basic Education Act. A long-time advocate for education reform in Washington, Heck’s first book, “Challenges and Opportunities: The Transformation of Washington's Schools,” was published in 1987.
After his time in the Legislature, Denny served as chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner during his second term.
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