LINCOLN BLVD — The three currently declared candidates for the 50th Assembly District will meet with voters and community members in Santa Monica on Thursday to shake hands and discuss important state and district-level issues.

Candidates Richard Bloom, Betsy Butler and Torie Osborn are all expected to attend Drinking Liberally, a monthly event held at TRiP Bar to offer left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics and drink together.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates in a relaxed, free flowing environment. We’re not going to hear any speeches — this event is all about conversation and getting to know the people that want to represent us,” said Jim Kennedy, one of the organizers for Drinking Liberally, in a statement.

Butler, who currently represents the 53rd Assembly District, is seeking re-election in the new district with endorsements from politicians such as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Fellow Democrat Torie Osborn, a self-described leader for social justice efforts, has racked up similar endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica). Richard Bloom, another Democrat and current mayor of Santa Monica, rounds out the candidate list.

The candidates will also discuss the newly revamped 50th Assembly District, which is a product of the statewide redistricting plan released earlier this year. The district stretches from West Hollywood all the way to Malibu and Santa Monica. Currently, Santa Monica is part of the 41st Assembly District, which covers parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties and is represented by Brownley.

Attendance at Drinking Liberally L.A. is free and open to anyone over the age of 21. The candidates will be at the TRiP Bar, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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