Current and Former State Elected Leaders Endorse Torie Osborn

November 21st, 2011

Progressive Representatives With Ties to the New 50th AD Choose Osborn

SANTA MONICA, CA- Building on a wave of steady endorsements, veteran non-profit leader Torie Osborn scored endorsements from several current and former State elected leaders, in her bid to fill California’s new vacant 50th Assembly seat.

Those endorsing Osborn include:

  • Julia Brownley, CA State Assemblywoman
  • Jackie Goldberg, Former CA Assemblywoman
  • Tom Hayden, Former CA State Senator
  • Fred Keeley, Former CA Assemblyman, Treasurer, County of Santa Cruz
  • Sheila J. Kuehl, Former CA State Senator
  • Henry AJ Ramos, CA Community Colleges Board of Governors
  • Alan Sieroty, Former CA State Senator
  • “Torie Osborn’s leadership skills, her experience, and her sheer energy and drive are all the reasons why I’m supporting her candidacy,” said Former State Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, who announced her endorsement after an advisory committee interviewed candidates and unanimously recommended Osborn to receive Goldberg’s endorsement. “She’s willing to tackle the tough issues like fiscal reform and economic recovery. She is the right candidate to serve the residents of California’s new, open 50th Assembly district, and continue its proud tradition of sending true progressive leaders to Sacramento.”

    “We have to find inventive and effective leadership to match the great creativity of local people across the 50th Assembly District, people who know how to make grass-roots organizing count in campaigns against the modern octopus of moneyed interests,” said Former State Senator Tom Hayden. “Bleak times require exceptional efforts at transforming the crises we are in, step by step, block by block, door-knock by door-knock. That’s why I am supporting Torie Osborn’s 2012 State Assembly campaign in the neighborhoods I represented from 1982-2000.”

    “I’ve known and worked with Torie Osborn for more than thirty years and I’m strongly and enthusiastically supporting her because she been an unparalleled leader with deep roots all across our district, “said Sheila Kuehl, former State Senator. “The 50th Assembly district encompasses much of the area I represented and there’s no question in my mind that Torie is by far the best candidate in the race. We need someone with Torie’s passion and experience–someone who isn’t in it just for themselves but because they care about working for change and justice. There are plenty of insiders who just go along with the same losing approaches to California’s problems. What we need now are reformers who will fight for us. The 50th deserves that kind of independence and leadership and Torie is the one to bring it.”

    “These important endorsements show that representatives who have lived in this community, fought for this community, and care about this community, believe that I represent that values, intellect, and principles that the people of the new 50th Assembly district stand for,” said Osborn. “I am honored to count them on my team.”

    Just last week Osborn launched her major grassroots and field campaign titled, “Camp VicTorie,” which trained a diverse cadre of over 100 leaders from throughout the 50th district in campaign skills, organizing tactics, and personal empowerment. The training bolstered Osborn’s campaign and illustrated a ground-swell of support which is forming a grassroots movement of community leaders who are ready and willing to take on Sacramento.


    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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