From the OC Politics Blog
Can she do it? The race for the 65th Assembly District could come down in the General Election to Young O. Kim, who is currently the Director of ACR and Asian Affairs for Congressman Ed Royce, versus the incumbent, Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat who previously served on the Fullerton City Council and is a public school teacher by trade. Can Kim beat Quirk-Silva? (Be sure to vote in our poll, below).
The 65th Assembly District encompasses parts of northern Orange County, centered on the city of Fullerton. The primarily suburban district is ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, according to Wikipedia. The District includes these cities:
- Anaheim – 38.9%
- Buena Park
- Garden Grove
- La Palma
The voter demographics are fairly well split up in the 65th. Asian voters make up 21.8 % of the population. Latino voters make up 23% of the population, according to Around the Capitol. Republican voters make up 35.8% of the District’s electorate and Democratic voters comprise 36.6% of the vote. Decline to State voters are a big chunk of the vote, with 23.4% of the electorate.
Quirk-Silva beat the previous incumbent, Chris Norby, handily in 2012, when the 65th was redrawn, by 4% of the vote, according to Smart Voter. But Norby was a flawed candidate and his campaign adviser, John Lewis, was distracted as he was also running Democrat Tom Daly’s campaign over in the 69th Assembly District.
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