Sharon Quirk-Silva

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Sharon Quirk-Silva
Quirk-Silva headshot.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 65th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded byYoung Kim
In office
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byChris Norby (redistricted)
Succeeded byYoung Kim
Personal details
Born
Sharon D. Howard[1]

(1962-09-17) September 17, 1962 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Shawn Quirk
(m. 1985; div. 2006)
[2]
  • Jesus Silva
ResidenceFullerton, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)
California State University, Fullerton (GrDip)
OccupationPolitician
Websitea65.asmdc.org

Sharon Quirk-Silva (born September 17, 1962) is an American politician and educator serving as a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 65th Assembly District, which includes portions of northern Orange County.

Early life and education[edit]

Quirk-Silva was born in Los Angeles and raised in Fullerton, California. Quirk-Silva earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles and a teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton.[3]

Career[edit]

Prior to her service in the Assembly, she was the Mayor of Fullerton and an elementary school teacher.

She was first elected to the Assembly in an upset, unseating Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby by a narrow margin in 2012. Quirk-Silva sought a second term in 2014, but was defeated by Republican Young Kim, a former legislative aide. She recaptured her old Assembly seat after defeating Kim in a 2016 rematch after a heated and expensive election.[4] In 2018, she won re-election over music teacher Alexandria Coronado.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Shawn Quirk from 1985 to 2006.[2] Her current husband, Jesus Silva, is an educator who was elected Mayor of Fullerton in 2018.[5] Quirk-Silva has four children.

Election history[edit]

2012[edit]

California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Norby (incumbent) 29,917 58.8
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 20,936 41.2
Total votes 50,853 100.0
General election
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 68,988 52.0
Republican Chris Norby (incumbent) 63,576 48.0
Total votes 132,564 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2014[edit]

California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Young Kim 21,593 54.7
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 17,896 45.3
Total votes 39,489 100.0
General election
Republican Young Kim 42,376 54.6
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 35,204 45.4
Total votes 77,580 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

2016[edit]

California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 42,890 54.3
Republican Young Kim (incumbent) 36,028 45.7
Total votes 78,918 100.0
General election
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva 79,654 53.2
Republican Young Kim (incumbent) 69,941 46.8
Total votes 149,595 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2018[edit]

California's 65th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 37,587 52.9
Republican Alexandria "Alex" Coronado 33,459 47.1
Total votes 71,046 100.0
General election
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 74,636 57.2
Republican Alexandria "Alex" Coronado 55,953 42.8
Total votes 130,589 100.0
Democratic hold

2020[edit]

2020 California's 65th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharon Quirk-Silva (incumbent) 42,795 56.2%
Republican Cynthia Thacker 33,332 43.8%
Total votes 76,127 100.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sharon Quirk-Silva". GovServ.org. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Sharon Quirk-Silva". JoinCalifornia.com.
  3. ^ "About Sharon". Sharon Quirk-Silva for Assembly 2018 - District 65. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ "Assemblywoman Young Kim concedes in Orange County race against Sharon Quirk-Silva", mercurynews.com, November 15, 2016; accessed November 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "City of Fullerton - Mayor Jesus Silva". City of Fullerton. City of Fullerton. Retrieved December 20, 2018.

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