August 9, 2011 Contact: Dave Jacobson 818.943.2348

Osborn Emerges as Front Runner in Race to Fill Vacant California Assembly Seat; Dominates Field in Fundraising, Endorsements and Grassroots Support SANTA MONICA, CA- Building on her recent fundraising lead in the 2012 campaign for the vacant seat in California’s new 50th Assembly District, veteran nonprofit executive Torie Osborn announced today the endorsement of longtime California leader, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “As a local leader who has worked on some of the most pressing issues of our time, from protecting our environment, to creating jobs, expanding access to better healthcare, helping the homeless, and fighting for equality, Torie Osborn has proven herself to be a champion for those who need a voice. She has demonstrated a clear understanding of the issues that face her district and I know that she will be a strong representative for the residents of California’s 50th Assembly District,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “It is an absolute honor to have the support of such a renowned and well respected leader in California,” said Osborn. “I look forward to partnering with Mayor Villaraigosa in my campaign and once I am elected to the State Assembly.” Osborn has also received powerful endorsements from Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley who currently holds the seat, as well as former State Senator Sheila James Kuehl. 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 firsttime candidate. For more information, please visit


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