Osborn garners more endorsements

August 25th, 2011

Posted on SMDP.com, by Rebecca Asoulin

Non-profit executive Torie Osborn announced the endorsements of Agoura Hills Mayor Harry Schwarz, Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Kuperberg and former mayor Ed Corridori in her bid to fill California’s new 50th Assembly District seat.

Once primarily District 42, District 50 will encompass Santa Monica, Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, West Hollywood, along with the Hancock Park, Wilshire and Fairfax districts.

“Torie Osborn is a natural born leader, a brave fighter and someone who will stand up and be a powerful voice for the residents of California’s new 50th Assembly District,” Schwarz said. “That’s why I am happy to throw my full support behind her candidacy to be our next assemblywoman.”

Since announcing her candidacy late last year, Osborn has gained the support of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. As well as endorsements from Congresswoman Karen Bass, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who currently holds the seat, and former State Sen. Sheila Kuehl.

Osborn has acted as an executive for several non-profits including Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Osborn has also served as the senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Villaraigosa and as a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations committed to government reform.

“California is hurting, and we need innovative and bold ideas on how to fix our tough problems,” Osborn said. “When I go to the state Legislature, I’ll work to bring people together and build a coalition of leaders from all across our state who are willing to work collectively to focus on solutions to fix our schools, our sagging economy, ailing infrastructure, budget crisis, and inadequate health care system.”

Richard Bloom, Santa Monica’s mayor, is also vying for the seat.