Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge Endorses Torie Osborn for State Assembly

September 6th, 2011

Osborn Continues to Dominate Field with Major Endorsements in Bid for New Vacant 50th Assembly Seat

SANTA MONICA, CA- Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge endorsed veteran non-profit executive Torie Osborn today in her race to fill California’s vacant new 50th Assembly seat.

“Torie Osborn is a self-starting pioneer, and has a track record of building coalitions and grassroots movements that have produced real positive changes in our society,” said Councilman LaBonge. “Given her experience, her proven ability to get things done, coupled with her deep understanding of the important issues that our state faces, it was an easy decision for me to endorse her for Assembly.”

Councilman LaBonge represents Los Angeles’ 4th City Council District which borders much of California’s new 50th Assembly District. Many of the residents who live in Councilman LaBonge’s District work and spend time in the new 50th AD as well.

“Councilman LaBonge is universally valued by his constituents for his independence, and for his love and deep understanding of his district. He serves as a role model to me of those qualities in an elected leader,” said Osborn.

“Californians are hurting, and they want less back and forth politics in Sacramento and more solutions. We need fresh ideas on how to solve some of our state’s toughest problems, beginning with creating more jobs and focusing on how to rebuild our fallen education system, both at the K-12 and college levels. When I go to the Assembly, I’ll bring all parties to the table and work to find common solutions so that we can get
California back on track,” added Osborn.

Osborn has recently announced a flurry of endorsements, ranging from the powerful International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18, to endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. She has also won endorsements from 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, and former Agoura Hills Mayor Ed Corridori.

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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