Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) was endorsed tonight by the Santa Monica Democratic Club in his bid for California’s 26th State Senate District, receiving 71% of the votes of the club membership.
The endorsement followed a debate between State Senate candidates Allen, Betsy Butler, Sandra Fluke, Vito Imbasciani, Patrick Verrone, and a representative for Barbie Applequist.
“Ben Allen’s record on education and his understanding of economic and affordable housing issues made him the clear choice for our club,” said Jon Katz, who is the Vice President of Political Action for the Santa Monica Democratic Club. “He has been a dedicated public servant to the Santa Monica community and his commitment to a transparent and honest government, protecting our environment and standing up to special interests is why Ben received our club’s endorsement. He will be the best representative for the 26th Senate District.”
“I am a longtime and proud member of the Santa Monica Democratic Club and I am grateful to have received their vote of confidence,” said Allen.
The endorsement of the Santa Monica Democratic Club adds to a growing list of local Democratic club endorsements for Allen including the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Los Angeles Chapter of Democrats for Israel, and the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club.
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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