Assemblyman Chris Norby loss cements Democratic supermajority
Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton said the door has shut on him in his contest with Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva, cementing a two-thirds majority for the ruling party in the state Assembly.
Quirk-Silva’s lead in the 65th Assembly District has tripled from election day to 3,348 votes, giving her 51.3% of the vote, with 6,906 ballots still to be counted, the Orange County registrar of voters reported late Wednesday.
"My 28 years of service to my city, county and state are now coming to a close," Norby, 62, said in an email from Honduras, where he and his wife have been visiting family since the day after the election. "I’ve been blessed with wonderful family and friends. One door has closed to me. Others will open."
The Senate had previously clinched a supermajority as well. Quirk-Silva, a teacher and Fullerton city councilwoman, was back in the classroom Wednesday morning, with plans to return to Sacramento to resume interviewing job applicants to staff her Assembly office, according to campaign spokesman Bill Wachob.
Norby, who served as mayor of Fullerton and as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors before he won a 2010 special election for the Assembly seat, said he feels good about his career.
"Highlighting my three years in the Assembly was the abolition of redevelopment agencies, freeing those $7 billion in annual property taxes to serve public -- not private -- interests, ending eminent domain abuse against small property owners," Norby said in the statement. "This effort has been a focus of my public life, and accomplishing it during my legislative tenure means a lot to me personally and to California as a whole."ALSO:
Photo: Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton). Credit: Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times