February 10, 2012 > Democratic Party pre-endorsement
Democratic Party pre-endorsement
Submitted By Margaret Hanlon-Gradie
Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk won a decisive victory on January 21, 2012, when 97 percent of local Democratic Party delegates voted to endorse him for the Assembly District 20 seat in the June 5, 2012 Primary.
"This vote shows what local Democrat's have known for a while: Bill Quirk is the best candidate to represent the Democratic Party's values and platform," said California State Treasurer and delegate Bill Lockyer. "I look forward to working with him in the Assembly."
"For decades, Bill's supported Democrats by contributing financially to their campaigns, chairing election committees and phoning and canvassing voters. He's worked to recruit and elect many Democrats up and down the ticket. Today, we got to support Bill Quirk," said Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Member Ginny DeMartini.
The Democratic Party's Pre-Endorsement Conference is the first official step in obtaining the Party's endorsement. With California's "top two" Primary, the Party's endorsement is considered particularly important.
The 20th Assembly District comprises Hayward, Union City, unincorporated Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland and Sunol, and the northern part of Fremont. Incumbent Mary Hayashi is termed-out and Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), who endorses Quirk, is running in the "new" AD 25.
"I am pleased and honored to receive the support of so many diverse Democrats from throughout the District. These are the Democrats I will turn to for counsel on my campaign and when I'm elected to the assembly," said Quirk.