Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe (R-Cerritos) today, in his bid for the 26th State Senate District.
"I am endorsing Ben Allen because he knows this district inside and out. Ben has demonstrated that he will be a State Senator who is easily accessible to his constituents and responsive to the needs of local communities," said Supervisor Don Knabe.
"As a champion for the environment and student programs in California, as well as a dedicated public servant to the residents of the South Bay, I am incredibly proud to have the endorsement of Don Knabe. With his support and breadth of experience across all rungs of government, we gain ever more momentum in our efforts to preserve open spaces, prioritize higher education, and bring industry back to our great state. I am excited to continue with his support, and I hope to bring his same level of diligence to the job," said Ben Allen.
Don Knabe currently represents the 4th District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He was first elected to this position in 1996 and has been subsequently reelected four times. Prior to his election to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Knabe served on the Cerritos City Council between 1980 and 1988 and was Chief of Staff to then 4th District County Supervisor Deane Dana. On the Board of Supervisors, Knabe has been instrumental in helping enact Los Angeles County’s Safe Surrender law, has been a champion of arts and music education, and has been a national leader in the battle against human sex trafficking. The 4th Supervisorial District includes many communities in the 26th State Senate District including Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Torrance, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, El Segundo, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and Lomita.
Knabe joins a growing number of elected officials in the South Bay who are backing Allen including Assemblymember Steven Bradford, former Assemblymember George Nakano, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember Nanette Barragan, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth and former Manhattan Beach Mayor Portia Cohen.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Torrance, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Westwood Village, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Sunset Hills, Beverly Grove, Mar Vista, Mid City West, Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax, Carthay, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square; and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Marina Del Rey, San Clemente Island, Santa Catalina Island, Franklin, Centinela, and Ocean View.
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