Santa Monica, CA -- In his campaign for California's 26th State Senate District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of California State Senator Ed Hernandez.
“California needs more leaders like Ben Allen, who works hard and delivers results for his constituents and our state. From his passionate work on equity in education, to expanding clean energy jobs, to his unfailing advocacy of environmental sustainability, Ben is the most qualified candidate in this race. That is why I am pleased to endorse him in his race for State Senate,” said Senator Ed Hernandez.
“I am honored to have Ed's support. As a doctor of optometry and a State Senator, he has been a fearless leader in improving and expanding health care access to all communities. I look forward to joining him in that work in the State Senate,” said Ben Allen.
Dr. Ed Hernandez was first elected to the Assembly in November 2006, and re-elected in November 2008. In November 2010, he won his seat in the California State Senate where he currently represents the 24th Senate District. Senator Hernandez is the current Chair for the Senate Committee on Health. He has also authored multiple laws that have expanded Medi-Cal and improved health coverage. Previously, Dr. Hernandez served as President of both the California Optometric Association and the State Board of Optometry.
Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
With his endorsement, Hernandez joins a growing list of well-respected elected officials, who are backing Allen, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Grace Napolitano; former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; former State Senators Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty; Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Isadore Hall, III, and Adrin Nazarian; former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, Warren Furutani, Richard Katz, Tony Mendoza, and George Nakano; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.
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.