Breaking: Sharon Quirk-Silva takes out papers to run against Chris Norby in AD-65

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Quirk-Silva & Norby AD65

Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva and Assemblyman Chris Norby, separated by a map of the newly redistricted AD-65.

Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk Silva has been spotted at the Registrar of Voters office today taking out papers to run against incumbent Chris Norby in AD-65.  She will have to file 40 valid nominating signatures by Friday at 5:00 to be placed in the June 5 primary ballot.  Quirk-Silva had been expected to run for re-election to City Council in November, meaning that a run for Assembly would end her time on council.

The new assembly district, covering Fullerton, La Palma, Buena Park, Cypress, Stanton, and Anaheim southwest of I-5, has the closest margin in the state between Democratic and Republican voter registration, tilting less than one point in the favor of Democrats.  Other than Fullerton, it is new territory for Norby — as well as, of course, for Quirk-Silva.

The district may be critical for Democrats, who want to hold at least 54 seats in the Assembly to give them 2/3 control over the chamber, and for Republicans, who want to prevent that from happening.  Democrats have been favored to reach a 2/3 majority in the State Senate, but not the Assembly.  Quirk-Silva’s candidacy may change that calculus.

Orange County Social Services employee Paula Williams, who had previously taken out papers to run against Norby, is now expected to run for Fullerton City Council in the upcoming recall election.

More on this story as it develops.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)