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Assembly candidates line up more backing

October 28, 2011 |  4:54 pm

Combatants in some of next year’s already crowded races for state Assembly  continue to line up endorsements, including in the race for the newly drawn 46th District in the San Fernando Valley. 

This week, Democrat  Adrin Nazarian, an aide to Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, announced backing from 10 more community, business and environmental leaders.  They include Greg Lippe, former chair of the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., and Laurie Cohn, founder of the nonprofit Save L.A. River Open Space.  One of Nazarian’s competitors, Democratic  businesswoman Laurette Healey, this week added state former Assemblyman Tom Calderon (D-Montebello) to her supporters list.

In the hotly contested race for the new Westside-based 50th District, Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) on Thursday announced that she had won the endorsement of the California-Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers and two of its Southern California chapters, Locals 12 and 501.  One of her competitors, Democratic activist Torie Osborn, on Friday released a list of 500 “grassroots activists” who are supporting her, including  Maximo Franco of West Hollywood and  environmental attorney Lisa Boyle .  A complete list can be found on Osborn’s campaign website www.torieosborn.com 

And in the new 51st District in  the northeast Los Angeles area, Luis Lopez, president of the city’s East Area Planning Commission, picked up backing from the Victory Fund, a prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization, and from Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the Lopez campaign announced this week. One of several other competitors for the seat, labor leader Jimmy Gomez, received endorsements from two additional unions this week, Local 132 of the Utility Workers Union of America and District Council 36 of the American Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees.

In other early campaigns for Assembly seats  next year, Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden,  a Democrat who is running for the new 41st District, announced backing from 12 current or former Pasadena elected officials, including Mayor Bill Bogaard and former Mayor Rick Cole, now city manager for Ventura.  And California Democratic Party Secretary Reginald Jones-Sawyer added Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel to the list of elected officials who are backing his bid for the new  59th District seat, which includes parts of South Los Angeles.

--Jean Merl