Torie Osborn Launches Assembly Bid
May 19th, 2011
Campaign Kicks Off with June 12 Fundraiser
Major Endorsement will be Announced
SANTA MONICA – Civic leader and community organizer Torie Osborn will officially launch her bid for the California State Assembly with a June 12 fundraiser headlined by progressive heavyweights and local officials. At the event, a major endorsement will be announced.
Osborn, an innovative leader who ran the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, is campaigning in the June 2012 primary to succeed Julia Brownley as assemblywoman for the 41st District. The district comprises parts of the coast, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the San Fernando Valley, including Santa Monica and the Pacific Palisades.
“I’m running because California is in trouble and needs the strongest possible leadership in Sacramento,” Osborn said. “I believe in a California with world-class schools and colleges, a clean environment, and affordable high-quality health care. I believe we can make California’s government as smart and creative and progressive as its people.”
Osborn, a 25-year Santa Monica resident with an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School, is a nationally recognized leader and advocate for social justice. In addition to her work at Liberty Hill and the Gay & Lesbian Center, she ran the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, served as a senior advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on homelessness and poverty policy, served as Chief Civic Engagement Officer for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and currently is senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout California committed to common-sense government reform – including fair tax and budget policy.
“Throughout my career, I have brought people together to create solutions and organize for results,” Osborn said. “That’s the energy I want to bring to this campaign, and that’s the spirit I want to bring to Sacramento.”
Osborn has already won the endorsements of U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles School Board Member Steve Zimmer, former state Senators Sheila Kuehl and Tom Hayden, former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane, former Heal the Bay President Paula Daniels, among others. Her campaign has an active young professionals group that drew nearly 200 to its inaugural event in Santa Monica in March.
The kickoff will be held 3-5 p.m., Sunday, June 12 at the home of Tim and Cynthia Sexton in Pacific Palisades. Special guests include Villaraigosa, Greuel, Rosendahl, Kuehl, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Mary Nichols of the California Air Resources Board, and former EPA Regional Administrator Felicia Marcus.