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ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY RALLY BEHIND ASSEMBLYMEMBER SHARON QUIRK-SILVA
Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, Assemblymember Ed Chau, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, City of Campbell Mayor Evan Low, and Hacienda La Puente School Board Member Jay Chen rally supporters of Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva.
FULLERTON, CA – Local and state Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community leaders converged for an AAPI outreach weekend in support of the reelection of Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton). AAPI community volunteers spent the weekend connecting with AAPI voters to discuss how Assemblymember Quirk-Silva has championed policy issues important to this constituency.
“Assemblymember Quirk-Silva has a keen understanding of the diverse needs of the growing AAPI community,” said Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. “She has been a fierce advocate for the AAPI community at the California State Legislature, supporting legislation to strengthen our education system, to improve California’s business climate, and to provide much needed services to new immigrant communities.”
According to a study by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, the Asian American population grew 41% in Orange County from 2000 to 2010. The county is home to the third largest AAPI population in the nation, consisting of a diverse array of communities such as Vietnamese, Korean, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, Filipino, and Chinese American.
“Asian and Pacific Islander American families value quality education in California,” stated Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva, “As a classroom teacher for 27 years, I know that investing in education is an investment in our communities. That is why I voted for a balanced State Budget that increases funding for all levels of education and creates ‘rainy day’ reserve fund.”
Orange County is also home to the third-largest number of Asian American–owned businesses in the United States. There are over 63,000 Asian American–owned businesses countywide, a 38% increase from 2002 to 2007.
“Assemblymember Quirk-Silva values the role of small businesses in moving our economy forward, which is why she has supported and carried legislation to provide incentives and eliminate unnecessary red tape for businesses,” said State Controller John Chiang. “I have always known Sharon to be a strong collaborator. Bringing business and labor groups together is no easy feat, but she has done it. I know her district’s residents are strongly represented in Sacramento.”
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton, and West Anaheim.