The two candidates for this position have distinct visions for Assembly District 20.
About the Position
About the Position
Villalobos, a paralegal, is from Hayward, CA. Prior to running for election, he worked as an organizer for SEIU Local 87 and as a paralegal at several civil rights law firms in the Bay Area. He is a longtime supporter of unions and workers’ rights. According to campaign materials, Villalobos is running for office to reinvest in public schools, close tax loopholes, and expand rent control.
Villalobos’s priorities for AD-20 this year include establishing a universal health-care system for all California residents, expanding accountability for law-enforcement officials, and moving to a 100 percent clean energy future.
Villalobos is endorsed by a large number of progressive groups, such as Evolve California, California Progressive Alliance, Our Revolution - East Bay, and FUN Progressives. At this time, he does not have any problematic endorsements. While Villalobos has less name recognition and political power than the incumbent, he would bring a more progressive platform to the seat and has made principled funding pledges during his campaign. According to our analysis, Villalobos is a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.
Assemblymember Quirk, a former NASA climate scientist, has lived in Hayward since 1978. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, he was elected to the Hayward City Council, where he worked to apply a scientific perspective to issues of local safety, economic revitalization, and transit-oriented housing projects. He is a longtime supporter of improving environmental protections. According to campaign materials, Assemblymember Quirk is running for re-election to build on his experiences combining his understanding of scientific research with public and community service.
Assemblymember Quirk’s priorities for AD-20 this year include building upon environmental protections and focusing on maintaining communication during disasters. He currently sits on five standing committees: Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (chair), Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy. Assemblymember Quirk has sponsored 50 bills about environmental protections, cannabis, and water quality this year, of which 11 have been successfully chaptered. He scores a lifetime score of 85 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislators’ progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Assemblymember Quirk has supported the most progressive bills that made it to a vote. That said, he has not supported such legislation as AB 749, which prohibits “no rehire” provisions that bar victims of mistreatment from employment with the offending company, and AB 1279, which encourages affordable housing production in “high-resource” areas that show patterns of exclusion.
Assemblymember Quirk is endorsed by several progressive groups, such as the California Labor Federation, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21, and AFSCME 3299. At this time, he does not have any problematic endorsements. According to our analysis, Quirk is a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.
Bill Quirk has lived in the Hayward area since 1978. He is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials, he is running for re-election to build on his experiences combining his understanding of scientific research with public and community service.
In the State Assembly, Quirk has introduced legislation to have every child in California tested for lead poisoning, was part of a group of officials who proposed 10 new gun violence prevention measures in 2018, and has worked to make other environmental improvements around water recycling, and hazardous waste facilities. He currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials Committee, and as Chair of the Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy. Quirk sits on an additional four committees, including Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue & Taxation, Utilities & Energy. Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Quirk worked as a climate scientist at NASA before moving over to the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Quirk participated in the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty negotiations, and was a physics teacher at Columbia, Caltech, and UC Davis. Quirk also has a long history of community service, and was actively involved in the PTA, Hayward Rotary, Hayward Library Commission, and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Quirk’s career in public service began in 2004 when he was elected to the Hayward City Council, where he worked to apply a scientific perspective to issues of local safety, economic revitalization, and transit-oriented housing projects.
Quirk is being challenged by Vipan Singh Bajwa (D), Alexis Villalobos (D), and Son Nguyen (R). In 2020 he scored an 88 out of 100 on Courage Score, our annual analysis of legislator's progressive voting records. Based on our Courage Score analysis, Quirk has consistently shown great courage by advocating for the needs of constituents and facing down corporate lobbyists and interest groups that exploit Californians.
According to our analysis, Bill Quirk is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in office.