TheLiberalOC.com was disappointed late today to hear from Democrat Sharon Quirk that she is withdrawing from the special election to fill the state Assembly District #72 seat vacated when Republican Mike Duvall was forced to resign over a lurid sexual scandal.
Quirk, former Mayor and now Fullerton Councilwoman, is an education powerhouse in Orange County who spearheaded the Addressing the Achievement Gap Summit set for October 2, 2009 at Cal State Fullerton.
The Summit features Councilwoman Quirk, a longtime public school teacher, along with several members of Congress, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack Oâ€™Connell, and Juan Sepulveda of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. (Read TheLiberalOC.com’s interview with Sharon Quirk for more.)
Quirk cited unexpected family health news as her reason for withdrawing from the race. Sharon Quirk, a lifetime resident of Assembly District #72, is the mother of four children.
In her statement today, she expressed, “We must fight for every opportunity to bring integrity, justice and faith to Sacramento!… I encourage you to find out more about John MacMurray, a hardworking candidate for the 72nd Assembly!”
As I told Councilwoman Quirk today, she is a sharp, smart political leader with bipartisan instincts. TheLiberalOC.com looks forward to the time when she is able to reenter county/state politics.
Orange County Supervisor Quirk has a pleasing ring to it!