Sharon Quirk-Silva is a mother, teacher, former Mayor of Fullerton and current Member of the California State Assembly representing the 65th Assembly District.
As a wife and mother Sharon understands the challenges California families are facing in today’s difficult economy. As a teacher she is passionate about ensuring that all Californians have access to a quality education. As a former Councilwoman and Mayor she has built a reputation for being a bipartisan problem-solver – one who won’t stand for the partisan bickering, gridlock, and special interests that have overrun our State Legislature in Sacramento.
When it comes to how our state government should operate, Sharon believes strongly in transparency, innovation and collaboration. An advocate for reaching out to citizens, Sharon created the popular “Walk and Talk” program in Fullerton, in which she led citizens on walks through specific areas of the community and discussed issues of concern. Sharon believes we must work together to look for the common interests that will make our state and region stronger. It doesn’t take a Democrat or a Republican to pave a street, fix a pothole or rebuild an aging bridge. It takes people working together, regardless of party, to find common ground when solving the state’s challenges.
In Sacramento Sharon’s priorities are simple:
- Work across party lines and stop the partisan bickering.
- Use constituent feedback in determining how to best prioritize the issues that will move both Orange County and California in the right direction
- Work to create jobs and economic opportunities by rewarding companies that create jobs here not overseas
- Fight to provide a first class education system for our children
- Demand fairness for Orange County in VLFAA funding formula
- Develop commonsense policies that rebuild our aging infrastructure, and invest in renewable and clean energy technology
Sharon will continue to promote policies in Sacramento that address the State’s budget issues and will advocate for balanced budgets, paying down the debt from previous years and insuring the integrity of the newly created Rainy Day Fund to be prepared for future downturns in the economy for unforeseen emergencies.