Democratic Endorsements Bring in Victories for Stark, Quirk, and Mendall

June 5, 2012

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Democratic Party Endorsements

Bring in Victories for Stark, Quirk, and Mendall


HAYWARD, Calif.– Alameda County Democratic Chair Robin Torello wasn’t surprised by Congressman Stark’s victory tonight. She explained,


“No one should be surprised about Congressman Pete Stark’s performance. Stark has been a champion for the issues that are important to Democrats for many years.”


Torello continued,


“Obama didn’t have to make a public endorsement to Stark, as his district will send a Democrat to Washington D.C. regardless. However, President Obama knows he can count on Stark to vote on the important issues – especially healthcare.”


Torello went on to explain how Alameda County benefits from having a senior member of Congress in D.C. She also explained,


“Stark's relationships in D.C. help him to send home federal money for local projects that create jobs. Creating jobs is what’s important right now and in this tough economical time we simply can’t afford to send an inexperienced individual to Congress.”


Councilmember Bill Quirk also had a victorious night in his race for State Assemble. Quirk, a scientist who received his Ph. D. by the time he was 24 and later went on to work for NASA, and is now serving out his second term as a Hayward City Councilmember has garnered a wide range of support around the community. Torello explained,


“It’s clear voters want Bill Quirk as their next Assemblymember. Quirk’s experience, education, and work in the community makes him the most viable candidate for November. ”


With Quirk leaving the council and running for Assembly, the Democratic Party endorsed Al Mendall to fill the seat. Tonight, Al Mendall was successfully elected to Hayward’s City Council.


Torello concluded,


“Tonight proved that gaining the endorsement from the Democratic Party is crucial especially because of the top two system. We are proud to say that Stark, Quirk, Mendall were top vote-getters”.