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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 65

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Sharon Quirk-Silva

74,636 votes (57.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education: As a Fullerton elementary school teacher for 30 years, I believe in our public school system. I will fight for increased funding for schools, support local control, expand access to early education, and improve school safety
  • Economy: As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, I continue to focus on promoting economic opportunities for all Californians, and in particular those who have not benefited from recent economic growth.
  • Veterans: We must honor veterans sacrifice to this country. I have passed legislation improving oversight on programs providing mental health services and promoting veteran owned small business.



Profession:Profession: Assemblymember/Teacher
Teacher, Fullerton School District (1987–current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2016–current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2012–2014)
Mayor/Council Member, Fullerton City Council — Elected position (2004–2012)


California State Fullerton Teaching Credential (1987)
UCLA Bachelor’s Degree, Sociology (1985)
Fullerton College Associate of Arts (1983)


Sharon Quirk-Silva was elected to the state Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 65th Assembly District which includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton.


Prior to her election to the Assembly, Quirk-Silva served as a two-term mayor of the City of Fullerton, first selected by her peers on the Fullerton City Council in 2007.  She was elected to her first term on the Fullerton City Council in November 2004.


A passion for education and public service have guided Quirk-Silva throughout her career. She was educated in that city's public schools from K-12 and went on to earn an A.A. degree from Fullerton College, a B.A. in sociology at UCLA, and a Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. As one of ten children, she honed negotiating skills and learned the plusses of teamwork early on.


As a teacher for 31 years, Sharon Quirk-Silva has been a pillar not only in the Fullerton community, but in the lives of her students and their families, paving the way for the next generation of California's leaders.


An advocate of reaching out to citizens, Quirk-Silva created the popular “Walk and Talk” program in Fullerton in which she leads citizens on walks through specific areas of the community and discusses issues of concern to citizens. She also instituted her annual “Women in Leadership” program in which women leaders business and education in Fullerton are honored.


Regionally, she has been active in organizations serving all of District 65 and Orange County, becoming familiar with the district's cities and developing relationships with their leaders. She has provided leadership as a former vice chairwoman of the Orange County Council of Governments, focused on transportation as a representative to the Southern California Association of governments, and served on the board of the Orange County Sanitation District.


Quirk-Silva has received numerous awards for her public service and for teaching, including:

  • The “Golden Apple” award from the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund.

  • As a part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of California State University, Fullerton, Quirk-Silva was honored as one of its 50 leading Latina graduates.

  • The “Beacon Award” from the Orange County Community Association for her efforts to secure lighting for Richman Park in Fullerton and for encouraging nonprofit organizations to become involved in the area.



Quirk-Silva has four children and is married to Jesus Silva, also a teacher.  She resides in the City of Fullerton.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,697,479

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Democratic Party
Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee
Santa Clara County Democratic Party
Democratic Central Committee Of Marin County
Stanislaus County Democratic Party

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.27%
District of Columbia 1.55%
Florida 0.40%
Michigan 0.39%
Other 3.39%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.76%)
Small contributions (0.24%)

By Type:

From organizations (96.07%)
From individuals (3.93%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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