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Sharon Quirk-Silva Announces Bid for 65th Assembly Seat
Fullerton, CA—Sharon Quirk-Silva, Mayor of Fullerton, announced today that she will run to represent California’s 65th Assembly District. The new 65th District drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission comprises the North Orange County cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Buena Park, La Palma, Cypress and Stanton.
“It has been a privilege serving the City of Fullerton for two terms as a City Councilor and twice as Mayor,” said Quirk-Silva. “I’ve fought hard to improve our community and make it a better place to live and work. I will also work hard in Sacramento to seek solutions to California’s complex challenges.”
Quirk-Silva, a Democrat, was the top vote-getter in the 2008 general election for her nonpartisan City Council seat. It was her second victory, and she has been recognized as a champion for working families, as a strong proponent of greater transparency in government, and as a leader in fiscal responsibility. During her tenure, Fullerton has maintained a balanced budget and at least 10 percent reserves.
“Sharon understands our issues and shares our values,” according to Dr. Vince Buck, “taking her council position seriously and coming up with innovative ways to communicate directly with her constituents. Orange County can count on her.” Adding to her weekly mayor office hours, Quirk-Silva has initiated popular outreach activities such as Walk and Talks, Coffee and Conversations, Community Roundtables, and Meet Your Local Businesses.
Quirk-Silva is prepared for Sacramento, being noted for continuing service in regional organizations which focus on issues common to cities within the 65th District: the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), on whose executive board she has served; the Orange County Council of Governments (OCCG); the Orange County Sanitation District Board; and the Orange County Vector Board.
“I have demonstrated the required flexibility, bipartisan leadership and up-close knowledge of our cities’ needs to address our current regional challenges effectively,” she says. “I look forward to the opportunity in coming weeks to present my ideas and proposals for serving District 65’s cities in Sacramento.
“Together, we can loosen Sacramento’s ties to special interests and create a more vibrant and healthy economy for the next century,” said Quirk-Silva. “I’ve always listened closely to my constituents, and I’m confident that as we talk with families and business owners, veterans, students and seniors, we’ll find common ground and solutions. California needs leaders who will fight tirelessly for working men and women without playing partisan games. I want to end the gridlock and make California great again.”
A lifelong Fullerton resident and an educator, Quirk-Silva holds degrees from UCLA, Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton, and she has taught in the Fullerton School District since 1988. Honors in her field have included the Golden Bell Award from Richman School and a Golden Apple award from the Hispanic Education Fund.
Further honors: In 2007, State Sen. Lou Correa named Quirk-Silva “Woman of the Year,” and the Orange County Community Association gave Quirk its Beacon Award for community service. In 2008, Cal State Fullerton recognized her as one of its 50 leading Hispanic graduates, and she received the Harry S. Truman Award from the Democratic Party of Orange County.
Quirk-Silva is the mother of four and resides in Fullerton with her husband, Jesus Silva.