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.