Fullerton, CA – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva participated in a candidate forum at California State University, Fullerton on Monday, September 29.
Fullerton, CA – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva participated in a candidate forum at California State University, Fullerton on Monday, September 29. The question-and-answer forum was hosted by the CSUF Associated Students, Inc. in conjunction with the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice, and the Office of Community and Government Relations. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s opponent, Young Kim, did not respond to the students’ invitation to attend.
“Candidates Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and Young Kim were invited via e-mail, phone, and mailed letter. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva accepted the invitation by written hand-delivered letter. Young Kim did not respond to multiple attempts by Cal State Fullerton students to contact her office via mail, phone calls and follow-up e-mails,” stated CSUF Associated Students, Inc. Lobby Corps in a written statement.
The purpose of the event was for students and community members to familiarize themselves with both candidates for California’s 65th Assembly District which includes Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton.
Education and the economy were the focus of questions submitted by students at the forum. One question asked how students could be sure that rhetoric matches reality when it comes to higher education. Quirk-Silva stated, “It is unfortunate my challenger chose not to attend this student forum. In the last two years as your Assemblywoman, I have proven my commitment to higher education and will continue to do so.”
Quirk-Silva explained that this year’s California budget freezes new campus student fees until 2016 and provides UC and CSU $284 million in additional investments to expand access and improve student services. Community colleges also received $300 million in increased funding. These investments were made while still balancing the state’s budget and establishing a rainy-day fund.
Sharon Quirk-Silva was first elected to the Fullerton City Council in 2004 where she served two terms as Mayor. She attended Fullerton Community College, graduated from UCLA, and received her teaching credential from CSU Fullerton. After college, Sharon returned to teach in Fullerton at Richman Elementary, the same school she attended as a child. Sharon is a mother to four children and resides in Fullerton with her husband Jesús.