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Q&A With Assembly Candidates: Working Across the Aisle

In its third installment in a week-long series of questions with candidates in the 50th Assembly District, Patch asks whether they'll work across party lines when it's time to balance the budget.

Editor's Note: Through June 5, we will publish a Q&A with the candidates vying to represent voters in the 50th Assembly District. Each candidate was asked to respond in 300 words or less. Their unedited answers are published below their photos above this article.

For its third question, Patch asked:

When it comes time to balance the state budget, will you negotiate with legislators across the aisle?

The are Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, 53rd Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, political organizer Torie Osborn and attorney Brad Torgan. Scroll through the photos above for their answers.

Portions of the Santa Monica Mountains, Agoura Hills, Topanga, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Carthay Square, West Hollywood, much of Hollywood, Hancock Park and Miracle Mile make up the new 50th district.

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary.

Patch Q&A series with Assembly candidates:

Insider June 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Torie Osborne said: "It is impossible to balance a budget if you do not have the tools to raise revenue." California doesn't have a revenue problem. California has a spending problem. If I continued to spend money I didn't have, I'd be on the street or in jail. Those who do that here are up for election.

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