LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl Endorses Torie Osborn for State Assembly

August 11th, 2011

Osborn Continues to Secure Critical Endorsements in Bid to Fill New Vacant Seat in 50th Assembly District

SANTA MONICA, CA- Infusing her campaign with another boost of energy, veteran nonprofit executive Torie
Osborn today announced the endorsement of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

“Torie is a fearless fighter for positive change, for social justice, and for progressive values,” Rosendahl said. “She shares the concerns of her neighbors in this district and she will fight for what they want: a clean environment, quality education and health care, a strong safety net, and job creation.”

Rosendahl, who represents Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and most of the Westside of Los Angeles on the City Council, said Osborn is well-suited to serve the new 50th Assembly District.

“Torie has lived and worked here for 25 years,” Rosendahl said. “She walks our beaches and hikes our trails. And she has spent her entire life fighting for the things we care about.”

Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governmental reform.

“Having Bill Rosendahl’s support is critical to this campaign,” Osborn said. “Given his sheer popularity in the area, his endorsement is gold, and I consider it an absolute privilege to count him as one of my key supporters in this campaign.”

Early this week, Osborn announced the endorsement of Mayor Villaraigosa. Osborn has also received powerful endorsements from Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley who currently holds the seat, as well as former State Senator Sheila James Kuehl.

In the most recent fundraising report, Osborn netted a whopping $215,000 in just the first six months of this year, for a total of $294,400 since announcing her candidacy, late last year. She has nearly 1,000 individual donors and a long list of prominent endorsements, showing an unusually committed level of support and momentum, especially for a first-time candidate.

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