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February 14, 2012 > Quirk wins additional endorsements

Quirk wins additional endorsements

Submitted By Margaret Hanlon-Gradie and Shawn Stark

Hayward City Councilman Bill Quirk, candidate for the 'new' Assembly District 20 seat, has won the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), of Firefighters Local 55 (representing Oakland, Alameda County and Emeryville firefighters) and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), the political action arm of California's environmental movement.

"Working Californians believe in our state and in our future but we need innovative and committed leaders like Bill Quirk to make sure we invest in our kids and our communities," said Simon Brasil, an EVS Aide from Kaiser Hayward from Alameda County, and an SEIU member. "We are delighted to endorse Bill Quirk in the race to represent Assembly District 20."

The SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees working together to build a California where working families can thrive again.

"I am honored to receive the support of the SEIU California. Their efforts have benefitted working families across California," said Quirk.

"As a member of the Hayward City Council Bill Quirk has been a proven leader in the fight to protect public safety," said Charles Garcia President of IAFF, Local 55. "We need him in Sacramento to help us protect the lives and property of all Californians."

"Bill Quirk's understanding of the environmental and public health issues facing California was impressive," said Warner Chabot, CEO, of CLCV. "He's taken principled stands on environmental issues that demonstrate leadership."

After earning his Ph. D in astrophysics from Columbia University in 1974, Bill Quirk joined NASA as a research scientist and supervised one of the first studies of climate change: the Goddard Institute Climate Model. Quirk served on the Hayward Area Shoreline Protection and Bay Area Water Conservation Agency.

The 20th Assembly District comprises Hayward, Union City, unincorporated Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo, Sunol and the northern part of Fremont.

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