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Candidates for 50th Assembly District to Square Off Sunday

Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, liberal activist Torie Osborn and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom to participate in forum at Malibu City Hall.

Candidates for 50th Assembly District to Square Off Sunday

West Hollywood voters will get an opportunity Sunday to hear from the three Democrats competing to represent the city in the state Assembly.

Assemblywoman , political veteran and Santa Monica Mayor , all candidates for the newly created 50th Assembly District, which includes West Hollywood, will participate in a forum at hosted by the Malibu Democratic Club. West Hollywood resident Brad Torgan, the lone Republican in the race, was not invited to the forum.

This will be the first public forum featuring the three Democrats.

The primary election is June 5. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will face off in the general election in November. Osborn and Butler are the front-runners in terms of money raised and endorsements collected.

Osborn, a liberal activist,  from Sheila Kuehl (who was the 41st District representative from 1994 to 2000); Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Rep. Karen Bass; Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl; the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund; and the .

Nonprofit civil rights organization . She has also been endorsed by Assembly Speaker John Pérez, California Democratic Party Vice Chairman Alex Rooker and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Organizations backing Butler include the Legislative LGBT Caucus and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

The club's annual meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. The forum will start at 12:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Multipurpose Room.

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