Environmentalists and seasoned politicos are weighing in on the race to represent Santa Monica in the newly-created 50th Assembly District, throwing their weight behind two Democrats.

Longtime non-profit director and liberal activist Torie Osborn of Santa Monica this week picked up endorsements from Jonathan Parfrey, president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Paula Daniels, former Heal the Bay president, and Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Torie Osborn has a track record of actually accomplishing meaningful public policy changes that affect real people. She’s done it as a civic leader, working outside of government, and she’s done it while working in government,” Parfrey said in a statement released by the Osborn campaign. “I know that she’ll bring a refreshing approach to government and public policy that really connects with people at a human level — and that’s why we need her kind of leadership in Sacramento.”

Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey), who was elected to the state Assembly in 2010, picked up endorsements from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“Assemblymember Butler is a true champion for education,” Torlakson said in a statement released by Butler’s campaign. “She has worked with me and the education community to improve our schools, ensuring we provide a quality education for all children in California.”

Voters will head to the polls on June 5, 2012 to cast their vote for the 50th District, which was created this summer by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission following the release of the 2010 Census.

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