Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva won a historic race last November and became the newly elected representative of the 65th Assembly district from Orange County.
Once the election was over, she wasted no time in getting to work up in Sacramento. According to her website, she sits on three standing committees: Transportation, Accountability and Administrative Review, and Committee on Higher Education.
I spoke with Jason Mills, her campaign manager during her 2012 Assembly campaign to check in with some of what the Assemblywoman has been up to.
“She has worked hard to bring real representation to the residents of the 65th District and she plans on focusing on their needs as long as she remains in office,” Mills told me. “Right now she’s ensuring that her office engages the community and that they have a voice in Sacramento.”
According to openstates.org, Quirk-Silva has been a primary sponsor of 45 bills.
Mills added; “Her legislative priorities are reflected in bills such as AB 1287, which passed unanimously out of committee with bipartisan support and would shore up Cal-grant funding for eligible students and would prevent needy families from losing access to their Cal-grants.”
The Assemblywoman has also participated in and hosted a number of great events to keep in touch with her constituents such as the Next10 interactive workshop that Mills says “invited residents of the community to come in and express how they would balance the budget. It allowed residents of the district to voice their fiscal priorities and dictate how they think taxpayer dollars should be collected and spent by the legislature.”
I believe the best events that the Assemblywoman conducts however are the Coffee and Conversations which she has hosted in her district since her days as a city council member in Fullerton. These are held on Saturday mornings where the Assemblywoman discusses local issues with her constituents.
Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s next Coffee and Conversation is this Saturday at 10:30 am at the Central Park Community Center in La Palma.
To keep up with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, visit her website at http://asmdc.org/members/a65/ or attend her Assembly District Office Open House this Thursday from 4-6 pm at the FullertonTowers.