Torie Osborn Leads in Assembly Race

August 4th, 2011

Ahead in Dollars, Donors and Endorsements

SANTA MONICA – Veteran nonprofit executive Torie Osborn has taken a commanding lead in the race for the new Westside seat in the state Assembly, raising nearly $300,000 and building a grassroots movement of almost 1000 donors, one year out from the primary.

According to the most recent fundraising reports, Osborn has leveraged her deep community ties and progressive credentials into a powerful campaign. She has taken a strong fundraising lead over politicos who are also vying for the seat.

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 921 individual donors and a long list of prominent endorsements, showing an unusually committed level of support and momentum, especially for a first-time candidate.

“I am grateful and energized by the breadth and depth of my support,” Osborn said. “People in this district want strong leadership in Sacramento. With this level of enthusiasm and commitment, my campaign truly has the wind at its back.”

Under new maps being proposed by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, major parts of the current 41st and 42nd Assembly districts would be renamed the 50th Assembly District. It would run from the coastal areas of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Malibu; inland to Agoura Hills and Topanga; across the mountains to Brentwood, Bel Air and Beverly Hills; through LA’s Mid-Wilshire area, from Carthay Square to Hancock Park; and up through portions of Hollywood and all of West Hollywood. The new lines are expected to be approved by the commission on August 15.

“I am excited about this new district,” Osborn said. “I have lived and worked here for 25 years. This is a community with a long and rich history of civic leadership and activism in areas such as quality education, caring for the environment, civil rights and social justice. It is a perfect fit for my values and priorities.”

Osborn is well known for her smart, 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 has initiated collaboration
between government and philanthropy to find solutions to challenging problems, and is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governmental reform, including fair tax and budget policies.

Much of the new district is currently represented by Julia Brownley, who has enthusiastically endorsed Osborn, as has an impressive roster of political heavyweights, including U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles School Board Member Steve Zimmer, Agoura Hills Mayor Pro Tem Dan Kuperberg, former state senators Sheila Kuehl, Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty, former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, and former Heal the Bay President Paula Daniels.

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