California Assembly District 65
This fall, California’s lower legislative chamber will again be filling all 80 of its elected member positions.
Working conditions will depend on the partisan breakdown of all new hires. With the current composition of the Assembly—55 Democrats and 25 Republicans—Democrats are holding on to their two-thirds supermajority by only one seat. A supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate would allow Democrats, if united, to raise taxes, override vetoes, place constitutional amendments on the ballot, and largely ignore their Republican colleagues.
Job duties include:
- Spend months drafting, discussing, and haggling over bills that will affect the lives of all Californians
- Retain the option of waiting until the very last week of session before passing or dumping most of said bills in a flurry
- Spend months drafting, discussing, and haggling over resolutions that will affect the lives of virtually no Californians
- Help craft a multi-billion-dollar budget for the state
- Strive to represent the interests of 500,000 constituents, most of them strangers
Alexandria "Alex" Coronado
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 9% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 19.4% Clinton
Margin of Victory in Last Election: 6.4%
Top Two Primary Applicants, June 2018: Sharon Quirk-Silva (52.9%), Alexandria “Alex” Coronado (47.1%)
Democratic vs Republican Vote Share, June 2018: 5.8% D
Democrats and Republicans have been battling over this swing seat in Orange County in recent years, and it’s flipped back and forth during the last three elections. This year, Republicans hoping to take it back from Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva are campaigning against her vote to increase gas taxes to pay for road repairs. The GOP challenger, Alexandria Coronado, is a former school board member who owns a music school.