Santa Monica, CA -- State Senate candidate and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Assemblymember Richard Bloom.
“Ben Allen is a determined advocate for providing quality public education and protecting our environment,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Having worked with him as he served on the school board for many years while I was on the Council, I know from personal experience that Ben has what it takes to be a successful legislator in Sacramento. He knows how to work with others and build the coalitions that are needed to accomplish significant change,” he added.
"I am truly honored to have the endorsement of Richard Bloom”, said Ben Allen. “He has been a leader in Sacramento on environmental protection, providing quality public education, maintaining ethical and accountable government, and on protecting film and television industry jobs,” Allen added.
Richard Bloom was elected to represent the 50th Assembly District, which comprises nearly half of the 26th State Senate District, in 2012. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served as the Mayor of Santa Monica. He was first elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 1999 and served multiple terms as the Mayor. He has also served as a Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission.
Bloom joins a number of state and local leaders who are backing Allen for the 26th State Senate District race, including State Senator Fran Pavley, former State Senator Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty, Assemblymembers Steven Bradford, Isadore Hall III, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, George Nakano, and Richard Katz.
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.