Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Former State Senate candidate Barbi Appelquist today in the District 26 race.
“I chose to endorse a candidate who will build alliances in our polarized political system, someone who will walk across the aisle to pass legislation needed to improve the lives of families in our district, like a more robust Film/Television Tax Credit and universal preschool. My endorsement is a natural progression of the commonality of our policy positions. Over the course of the campaign it became clear that Mr. Allen was genuinely concerned with the day-to- day problems of the hard-working families in our district. Ben Allen shares my values and vision for the district moving forward.”
Ms. Appelquist, like Mr. Allen, graduated from California public high school before attending college on the east coast, both returning to California to attend University of California law schools. “Ben and I share the experience of attending California public secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. Our legislators must have a personal and professional understanding of the value of California public schools to improve its success for future generations.”
As an attorney with a corporate law background, Ms. Appelquist also appreciates Mr. Allen’s understanding of how building a better business climate in the state is necessary for a stronger economy. “Ben’s economic platform is dedicated to increasing the financial benefits for our entire state, including gender pay equity and increased opportunities for women and girls in STEM. The combination of his community-based policy positions and down-to-earth approach to policymaking are the reasons why I wholeheartedly endorse Ben Allen for State Senate. I look forward to working with Ben and his team to improve the opportunities for the women, men, and children of our district.”
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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