Bolstering her bid to fill California’s new vacant 50th Assembly seat, veteran nonprofit executive Torie Osborn this week 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,” Brian D’Arcy, business manager of IBEW Local 18, said in a statement released by Osborn’s campaign. “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.”

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.

“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 percent, 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.”

Kevin Herrera

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