The Argonaut: Election Endorsements for Local Offices

Excerpt from The Argonaut: 


Four years ago, The Argonaut missed the chance to endorse former Santa Monica school board president and current state Sen. Ben Allen, and we’ve lived to regret it. Allen has been just fantastic these past four years.

We deeply admire his political courage for tightening state childhood vaccinations requirements despite his own district being perhaps the largest pocket of resistance to such common-sense, science-based reforms. It was the hard thing to do, but the right thing to do.

The California Clean Money Campaign, fighting the good fight against the corrupting influence of campaign contributions, named Allen its No. 1 state legislator last year, calling Allen a “Clean Money Hero” for his work to disclose the sources of political spending. He’s also shined on environmental issues, fighting to keep beaches clean and protect public lands, with pending legislation that would create more open space in the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond.

Facing a Libertarian challenge based on the vaccines issue and the earnest Libertarian-turned-Independent Baron Bruno, who would merit consideration in a different district or for another office, Allen is not only the clear choice, we wish he were running for governor.

In other Westside neighborhoods, Holly Mitchell and Richard Bloom are running unopposed and deserve voter support for their recent work to reform the criminal justice system and address the housing crisis, respectively.

Vote for Ben Allen, Holly Mitchell and Richard Bloom.

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