Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Former Congressman Howard Berman (D-Studio City) today, in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District.
“In the time I have gotten to know him, I can tell you that Ben Allen is no ordinary political candidate. He is in public service for the right reasons: he truly cares about people and wants to give back to his community," said Congressman Howard Berman. "But more importantly, he’s shown the ability, as an elected official, to reach out and creatively build coalitions build in order to accomplish legislative goals. He is steadfastly principled, but willing to compromise for the greater good. That’s what we need in a public servant, and that’s why I am happy to endorse Ben Allen for the State Senate.”
“Howard Berman has been one of the great statesmen of Southern California. He is someone who I have such tremendous respect for and admire greatly. It’s truly an incredible experience for me, not to mention humbling, to have received this endorsement,” said Ben Allen.
Howard Berman was first elected to Congress in 1982 and served until 2013 and was widely regarded as one of Congress’s top leaders, who at various points served as the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Committee on Ethics. He is the author of the 1986 False Claims Act, which led to the recovery of over one billion dollars for the United States government. Prior to serving in Congress, Berman served in the California State Assembly where he had the distinction of being the youngest ever majority leader. He is also one of the original founders of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats.
With his endorsement, Berman joins a long list of well-respected elected officials who are backing Allen for the State Senate including Congressman Mel Levine, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman, State Senator Fran Pavley, State Senator Tom Hayden, State Senator Alan Sieroty, Assemblymember Terry Friedman, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014. He will face Sandra Fluke in a November runoff.
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.