Quirk-Silva’s Campaign Claims Victory Over Kim in Assembly Race

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Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva’s campaign strategist declared victory on her behalf Wednesday, saying she will maintain her “decisive lead” over Republican incumbent Young Kim in the race for the 65th state Assembly seat.

“Quirk-Silva’s lead has nearly tripled from 1,542 (votes) to 4,311 since Election Day, and the remaining ballots will continue to increase that margin,” said a news release from Sacramento campaign strategist Matthew Reilly.

More than a week after the Nov. 8 election, paper ballots mailed or delivered up to election day still are being counted. In the most recent tally released at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Quirk-Silva led Kim 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent.

In the news release, Quirk-Silva said: “I am grateful to the voters for their confidence. I will always put their interests first.

“Nationally there is a lot of anxiety about what is coming and I, too, am concerned about the direction of our country. As an elected leader I will fight like heck to make sure our community and our state move forward toward a brighter future for everyone.”

Neither Quirk-Silva nor Reilly returned calls seeking more information.

A former Fullerton city councilwoman, Quirk-Silva won the Assembly seat in an upset over incumbent Chris Norby in 2012. Then she lost the seat to Kim, a former aide to Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), in 2014. Kim is the first Korean-American Republican woman to serve in the state Legislature.

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  • Rose Tingle

    Congratulations Sharon Quirk-Silva. Kim nor Norby represented Orange county constituents and business who care about and supported animal protection issues. Sad to state, Orange county is so backward its not only an embarrassment but also cruel. Our coalition has been making efforts county wide to raise consciousness, but it appears some politicians still didn’t get it. We are looking forward to better and wiser representation.

  • Paul Lucas

    Way to go Sharon!!