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AUGUST 1, 2016 (916) 201-9636
QUIRK-SILVA REPEATS CALL FOR FULLERTON API MAJORITY DISTRICT
Criticizes Kim’s Support of Incumbent Protection Plan Thwarting Them
FULLERTON, CA – Fulltime elementary school teacher and 65th Assembly District candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva today reiterated her support for a City of Fullerton redistricting plan that would create an Asian Pacific Islander majority district for one of the city’s five city council seats. Fullerton’s city council is scheduled to vote on a final map tomorrow night.
“It’s time for historically under-represented communities to have a seat at the table in Fullerton,” said Quirk-Silva who served on Fullerton’s city council and as mayor. “Plan 2B, which was the most thoroughly reviewed and well thought out of the maps, does that.”
Quirk-Silva also noted the political power play of her assembly campaign opponent, Young Kim, who spoke in support of the incumbent city council’s preferred map, 8A, which sought to protect the Republican majority by diluting Asian voting strength. Last month a judge threw out that plan ruling it violated state election laws.
Kim’s testimony reflects a pattern of failing to stand up for the voting rights of local voters. As a member of the Legislature she voted against three bills, AB 278, AB 182, and AB 1301, which would have protected underrepresented groups and provided greater checks and balances to local redistricting.
“Her actions again show that a broken system can’t be fixed by the insiders who broke it in the first place,” continued Quirk-Silva. “She’s for the powerful, not the people.”
The 65th Assembly District includes Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton and most of West Anaheim.
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