MEDIA  RELEASE  

 
For  Immediate  Release   August  30,  2011  
   

 

  INTERNATIONAL  BROTHERHOOD  OF  ELECTRICAL   WORKERS  (IBEW)  LOCAL  18  ENDORSES  TORIE   OSBORN  FOR  STATE  ASSEMBLY  
   
Osborn  Wins  Endorsement  from  Powerful  Labor  Union  in  Race  to  Fill  Vacant     New  50th  Assembly  Seat       SANTA  MONICA,  CA-­‐  Bolstering  her  bid  to  fill  California’s  new  vacant  50th  Assembly   seat,  veteran  non-­‐profit  executive  Torie  Osborn  today  secured  the  backing  of  one  of   California’s  most  powerful  unions,  the  International  Brotherhood  of  Electrical  Workers   (IBEW)  Local  18.       “We  take  our  endorsements  very  seriously,  especially  in  these  tough  economic  times,”  said   Brian  D’Arcy,  Business  Manager  of  IBEW  Local  18.  “When  we  back  a  candidate,  it's  because   we  know  they  have  their  priorities  straight  and  they’ll  fight  to  create  more  good  paying   jobs.    Torie  Osborn  has  the  leadership  skills,  the  vision  and  passion  to  help  get  California’s   economy  back  on  track,  and  we  want  to  help  her  win.”       “It  is  a  real  honor  to  have  the  support  of  IBEW  Local  18,”  said  Osborn.  “With  the  nation’s   second  highest  unemployment  rate,  currently  at  12%,  Californians  are  struggling  to  make   ends  meet.  When  I  go  to  Sacramento,  my  top  priority  will  be  good  paying  jobs  speeding  up   our  economic  recovery.”       IBEW  Local  18  represents  over  8,000  employees  working  for  five  public  sector  employers.   Most  (of)  Local  18  members  are  utility  workers,  electrical  workers,  clerical  workers,   engineers,  custodians,  and  tree  trimmers.  Local  18  represents  workers  from  Boulder  City,   Nevada  to  Long  Beach  to  the  Oregon  border.        

Contact:  Dave  Jacobson   Shallman  Communications     Cell:  818.943.2348    

Osborn  has  been  leading  the  race  in  campaign  fundraising  and  endorsements.    She’s   earned  endorsements  from  Los  Angeles  Mayor  Antonio  Villaraigosa,  Congresswoman   Karen  Bass,  Los  Angeles  City  Councilman  Bill  Rosendahl,  Assemblywoman  Julia  Brownley   who  currently  holds  the  seat,  as  well  as  former  State  Senator  Sheila  James  Kuehl.  Last   week  Osborn  scored  endorsements  from  Agoura  Hills  Mayor  Harry  Schwarz,  Agoura  Hills   Mayor  Pro-­‐Tem  Dan  Kuperberg,  and  former  Agoura  Hills  Mayor  Ed  Corridori.         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  first-­‐ time  candidate.       ###     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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