Over 500 Grassroots Activists Back Osborn for Assembly

October 28th, 2011

Groundswell of Support from Grassroots Activists and Citizen Leaders Propel Torie Osborn’s Campaign for State Assembly

SANTA MONICA, CA- More than 500 grassroots activists, community leaders, and citizen supporters have publicly endorsed veteran non-profit leader Torie Osborn in her bid to fill California’s new vacant 50th Assembly seat.

“As a young activist fighting for equality I feel that California needs change from the ground up, and that’s why I’m supporting Torie Osborn, a real leader who has the courage to stand up to special interests in Sacramento and fight for the issues her constituents care most about,” said Maximo Franco, a West Hollywood resident.

“Torie Osborn’s record of fighting for those who lack a voice is unparalleled. She’s proven herself to be a change-maker who can bring people together to solve tough problems. That’s exactly the kind of leadership that we need in Sacramento, and it’s why I’m supporting her for Assembly,” said Dolores Press, a retired United Food and Commercial Workers Union employee.

“Californians needs more jobs and better schools. I’m for Torie Osborn, because I know that she has her priorities straight and she’ll do everything possible to fix our state’s schools and stimulate our economy,” said Lauri Crane, a Santa Monica-Malibu School District activist.

“I trust her to stand up to anti-environment forces who put the bottom line above the common good, ”said Westside environmental attorney Lisa Boyle.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I believe Torie Osborn will be the kind of innovative leader so desperately needed in Sacramento,” said Andrew Oldershaw, a Hollywood digital strategist and community activist.

“Endorsements from statewide groups and electeds are only one measure of support for a campaign. The best way to calculate the energy and enthusiasm behind somebody running for office is to look at the people who simply believe the candidate is the best fit for their aspirations and the district’s. Those supporters and individual endorsers directly translate into grassroots support, campaign contributions, and, ultimately, into votes,” said Osborn.

Osborn added, “I really am honored to see the number of people who have signed on to my campaign. These folks are my grassroots army; they will make our campaign grow.”

To view Torie’s entire list of citizen endorsers, please click here.

Osborn has already raised well over $350,000 and has nearly 1,300 individual donors, along with a long list of prominent endorsements, showing an unparalleled level of support and momentum 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 governance reform.

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