LA City Council President Eric Garcetti Endorses Torie Osborn for State Assembly

September 27th, 2011

Garcetti Joins Councilmembers Rosendahl and LaBonge in Backing Osborn

SANTA MONICA, CA– Torie Osborn scored a major win today with the announcement that Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti is enthusiastically backing her campaign to fill California’s vacant 50th State Assembly District seat. Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl and Tom LaBonge have also endorsed Osborn.

“We need fresh thinking to solve our State’s most pressing issues,” said Los Angeles City Council President Garcetti. “Torie Osborn is a different type of candidate. She’s authentic. She’s a leader. She builds winning coalitions. And, she’s got real-world experience of solving tough problems. I’m proud to endorse her for Assembly, because I know that she’ll bring innovation and collaboration and get things done in Sacramento.”

“Having City Council President Eric Garcetti’s support is critical to my success in this campaign,” said Osborn. “And I plan to work side-by-side with him on finding solutions to rebuild our State’s economy and schools, to create more jobs, all while continuing to ensure strong safeguards are in place to protect our environment and public safety.”

Since first announcing her bid for Assembly, Osborn has been building a grassroots movement that has already made her campaign the strongest in the field. In addition to her grassroots support, she’s come out as the top fundraiser, and has won some of the most powerful endorsements in the race including: the California Nurses Association (CNA), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18, Painters and Allied Trades District Council #36, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley who currently holds the seat, as well as former State Senator Sheila James Kuehl, Agoura Hills Mayor Harry Schwarz, Agoura Hills Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Kuperberg, former Agoura Hills Mayor Ed Corridori, and former Santa Monica Mayors Denny Zane and the Rev. Jim Conn.

For a full list of her endorsements, click here: http://torieosborn.com/endorsements/

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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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. 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.

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