D — Assemblymember, 43rd District
Assemblymember Laura Friedman, a Democrat, is running for reelection from the 43rd District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Canada, Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. First elected to the Assembly in 2016, Laura is permitted under California’s term limits to serve in the legislature through 2028.
Born and raised in South Florida, Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Philosophy from the University of Rochester. After college, she moved to California where she worked as a producer and head of development. She has taught producing at UCLA and Chapman College. Additionally, she owns a small business, PlanetGlass.net, which sells modern glass and modernist jewelry.
Laura began public service when she was appointed to the Glendale Design Review Board in 2004. In 2009, she was elected to the Glendale City Council, besting an eight-year incumbent, and was reelected in 2013 and serves there today. She has served as chair of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency and mayor from 2011 to 2012. She was also President of the Independent Cities Association and on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Laura worked to solve Glendale’s budget problems, caused by years of past mismanagement. She achieved a two-tier pension system that increased the retirement age for new employees and asked employees to contribute more toward retirement benefits. Also, Laura successfully moved retirees off the city healthcare plan and onto Affordable Care Act exchanges, resulting in substantial savings to the city. The local newspaper says Laura, “steered Glendale away from a financial collapse, kept the downtown area a strong business hub and maintained the quality-of-life services that make it an ideal place to live and raise a family.”
Laura serves on the Appropriations, Arts Entertainment Sports Tourism and Internet Media, Rules, Transportation, and Water Parks and Wildlife Committees in the Assembly. Laura authored a bill, AB766, which would make it easier for foster youth to continue to receive support while attending a CSU or community college.
Party registration in AD43 is 47.1% Democratic, 20.8% Republican, and 27.6% No Party Preference/Decline To State, a good fit for a fiscally responsible Democrat like Laura who also appeals to more liberal Democrats. Laura is unlikely to face a serious challenge for reelection and even if she does, she will prevail.