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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 43

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Laura Friedman

Glendale City Councilmember
106,186 votes (64.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • FIGHTING POVERY. Too many people in our community are struggling. I will develop polices to address the high cost of housing, health care, and child care. I will continue to focus on economic development to bring good jobs to the District.
  • EDUCATION. I pledge to increase education funding so that every child, from Pre-K through college, gets an excellent education. College and job training should be available regardless of ability to pay and without incurring crushing debt.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY. I will fight to preserve California's precious open spaces and coastlines, to protect habitat, and fight climate change. I will focus on the clean tech and energy sectors as economic engines for California.



Elected to the Glendale City Council in 2009, re-elected in 2013




Mayor of Glendale, 2011-2012




Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California




Immediate Past-President, Independent Cities Association




Board member, Southern California Association of Governments, Energy and Environment Committee




Served for five years on the Glendale Design Review Board




Active with the Society of Architectural Historians and the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee




Extensive experience as a producer and head of development in the entertainment industry where she worked on numerous successful films and TV projects.  Taught producing at UCLA and Chapman College




Since 2001 she has owned and run a small business specializing in vintage jewelry and fine and decorative arts




Recipient: Environmental Champion Award, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters; Woman of the Year, Glendale Chamber of Commerce; Flame of Hope Award, Glendale Adventist Medical Center




Laura lives in Glendale with her husband Guillaume Lemoine, a landscape designer, and their daughter Rachel.




Graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rochester, New York.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $898,698

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Sutter Hill Ventures
UA Local Union 250
California Nurses Association
Employees of Benchmark
Employees of Kaiser Permanente

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.24%
New York 1.27%
District of Columbia 0.65%
Illinois 0.52%
Other 2.32%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.14%)
Small contributions (0.86%)

By Type:

From organizations (30.40%)
From individuals (69.60%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Laura Friedman has a proven history of creative and effective leadership. Laura Friedman has served as a Glendale City Councilmember and Mayor since 2009. She is a Metropolitan Water District Board member and Immediate Past-President of the Independent Cities Association. Laura Friedman took on the NRA and banned gun shows from city property, including those happening across the street from a community college. The League of Conservation Voters named Laura Friedman their “2014 Environmental Champion.” She fought to restore the L.A. River, ban plastic bags and promote sustainable building standards and energy conservation. Laura Friedman believes that anyone working full time should not be living in poverty. That’s why she is leading the fight for a $15 minimum wage in her city. Laura Friedman will be a champion for the rights of women, including access to safe and legal abortions and reproductive rights. Laura Friedman helped revitalize downtown and bring back thousands of jobs. That is why she was named Woman of the Year in Glendale. Laura Friedman was a successful television and film producer. As an Assembly member, she will fight to keep entertainment industry jobs in Southern California. Laura Friedman is endorsed by State Senator Carol Liu, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and by more than 30 local mayors, councilmembers and school board members. Laura Friedman is also endorsed by the California Nurses Association, National Women’s Political Caucus, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, and Sierra Club California. For more information:


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