|Assemblymember Bill Quirk and Union City Human Relations Commissioner Jaime Patino.|
WHAT’S THE BEEF The comity ends there, though. A huge gulf exists between Quirk, a liberal Democrat, and Patino, a moderate Republican. Quirk is a firm supporter of gun control, although, the issue has not gained much prominence during the fall campaign. Patino, however, has banged the fiscal drum of criticism towards Quirk and the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Taxes are too high, forcing California businesses to flee the state, says Patino, and the state’s schools continue to under perform because of Democrats. The line of attack should feel familiar because it’s similar to rhetoric coming from California GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, although, not exclusively. Quirk, on the other hand, believes the state is moving in the right direction following a series of balanced budgets and a growing surplus.
PAST RESULTS 2014 June Primary: 1. Bill Quirk 31,882 (66.0%) 2. Jaime Patino 11,246 (23.3%) 3. Luis Reynoso 5,186 (10.7%). 2012 General Election: 1. Bill Quirk 67,028 (50.3%) 2. Jennifer Ong 66,111 (49.7%).
CAMPAIGN FINANCE (Through Sept. 30): Quirk $70,753 cash on hand; $50,908 since last filing; Patino, no finance report filed.
OUTLOOK Quirk’s margin of victory won’t be a large as Bonta's, his neighboring assembly member to the north who also seeking his first re-election this November, but it will be significant. Quirk’s profile over the past two years hasn't been as prominent as Bonta and many voters outside of Hayward (or maybe in Hayward, too) are not yet familiar with their representative.
PREDICTION 1. Quirk 2. Patino