Osborn Wins Endorsement of Malibu Democratic Club and Councilman “Zuma Jay” Wagner

January 9th, 2012

Endorsements Come After Club Holds First Forum in 50th Assembly District Race

MALIBU, CA – Following her knockout performance in the first candidate’s forum in the race for the 50th Assembly District seat, Torie Osborn yesterday scored the highly coveted endorsements of the Malibu Democratic Club and of Malibu Councilman and local legend Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner.

At the conclusion of the highly anticipated forum, the club endorsed Osborn with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Osborn won 41 votes, with Betsy Butler receiving 5 votes and Richard Bloom earning none. Thirteen club members voted for no endorsement.

Wagner said this was his second time seeing Osborn speak, and the debate between the three candidates was a key factor in his decision to endorse Osborn for the open seat in the newly configured district.

“Torie electrified the crowd, and demonstrated to me that we need her leadership, her vision, and her abundance of bold and new ideas in Sacramento,” said Wagner. “She has a deep understanding of the many issues that Malibu residents are concerned about. As an Independent, I look for candidates who can cross party boundaries, develop coalitions, provide answers and common-sense solutions that will help to fix our state. That’s why I am confident that she’ll be an exceptional representative of our community.”

Wagner, a longtime civic activist and Malibu resident since 1975, owns and operates Zuma Jay’s surf shop. He was elected to the City Council in 2008 and served as mayor from 2010-11. His is one of the most sought-after endorsements in the iconic beach community.

“I couldn’t be more honored and happy that both the Dem Club and Councilman Wagner support me,” said Osborn. “The Malibu community has an independent spirit I value, and cares deeply about the issues that matter to me — particularly environmental protection.”

The club’s forum was the first candidate’s debate in the hotly contested race, and drew attention from the press and community leaders from throughout the district. Osborn touted her record as an as a creative problem solver with a record as a community organizer, a nonprofit executive, and an educator.

“I’m an activist with an MBA,” Osborn said. “When politics as usual is failing, don’t you think it’s time for a unusual politician?”

The Malibu Democratic Club is the second local Democratic club to endorse in the race. Osborn earlier won the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains.

For more information about the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign, or to view Torie’s full list of endorsements, click here.

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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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