The 65th Assembly District is located in Northern Orange County and includes the cities of Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton and the western portion of Anaheim.
The current district was drawn by California's historic Citizens Redistricting Commission reuniting communities that had been previously divided by a Legislative gerrymandering. The Commission prioritized people over politics. The result was a highly competitive district. Barack Obama won here by 6% in 2012 while Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari tied in 2014. Democrats have a slight registration advantage over Republicans with nearly one-quarter of voters choosing not to affiliate with any party. The 65th Assembly District is located in Northern Orange County and includes the cities of Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton and the western portion of Anaheim.
The district is one of the most diverse in the state, with large and growing Latino and Asian populations. Less than one out of three persons in the district are Caucasian. Just over one out of every four registered voters is Latino and just under one out of every five are Asian. The Asian community in the 65th is particularly diverse, with large Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities.
For Democrats to be successful they need a strong candidate with the right profile. While many candidates come from the halls of power, Sharon Quirk-Silva comes from the halls of one of our public schools, teaching in the same district she once attended. As a former mayor in the largest city in the district she is uniquely suited to talking to members of the community about the local issues that matter to them.
Sharon is a proven winner. In 2012 she became the first Democrat to defeat an incumbent Republican member of the Legislature in more than a decade. As the blog Voice of OC wrote at the time, "That Democrats won their supermajority thanks to a victory in Orange County was possibly the major political upset in California this year."
In Sacramento Sharon built a record of actually getting things done for voters that helps her stand apart. She authored more than a dozen pieces of Legislation that were signed into law, including bills that returned $100 million to local government, provided $25 million in tax credits to companies that create jobs, and started the process of creating Orange County's first veterans cemetery.
While 2014 featured historically low turnout, this seat is eminently winnable in a presidential election year when turnout by Democrats, Independents and Latinos will all be higher. For example, Democrats' advantage over Republicans in the last Presidential election was 6% higher than in 2014. Further, long term registration trends continue to benefit Quirk-Silva: Latino registration is up 1.5% since 2012 while Republican registration continues to fall.