California Nurses Association Endorses Torie Osborn for State Assembly

September 15th, 2011

SANTA MONICA, CA- Veteran non-profit leader Torie Osborn today received a highly coveted, early endorsement from the California Nurses Association (CNA), one of the most trusted, independent and influential organizations in the state, in her bid to fill the new vacant 50th State Assembly seat.

“We need a fresh approach and bold new ideas on how to fix California and rebuild our struggling middle class,” said, Malinda Markowitz, Registered Nurse and Co-President of the California Nurses Association (CNA). “Torie Osborn has been at the forefront of many battles for progressive change in California and across the nation. She’ll lead the charge on issues Californians care about, such as, protecting our environment, to creating good jobs, expanding access to better healthcare, improving our schools, fighting for social justice, helping to reduce homelessness, and working to ensure equality for all Americans. That’s why we are proud to endorse her for State Assembly.”

“This is an incredible endorsement for my Assembly campaign, and it will send an important message all across the 50th district and in Sacramento that my campaign and my track record is resonating with the people who really care about patients, working people and the future of California,” said Osborn. “It is truly a privilege to have the backing of the California Nurses Association, and I pledge to work hand-in-hand with them to improve our economy, create more jobs, and make sure every last Californian has access to affordable quality health care.”

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. with more than 170,000 members in hospitals, clinics and home health agencies in all 50 states. In the past 15 years, CNA/NNU has grown by nearly 400 percent.
Osborn has been gaining momentum since first announcing her candidacy, and recently has 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, along with Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl and Tom LaBonge. 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.

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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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