Santa Monica, CA --Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsements of Mayor Ann Marshall, Mayor Pro Tempore W.F. ‘Oley’ Olsen, and Councilmember Joe Sampson of Avalon.
“City of Avalon needs more leaders like Ben Allen. His job and economic priorities are aligned with our vision of a dynamic and thriving city. I enthusiastically endorse Ben Allen for State Senate because of his leadership in creating clean-energy jobs and support of small businesses,” said Mayor Ann Marshall.
Mayor Pro Tempore W.F. ‘Oley’ Olsen spoke about Ben Allen’s leadership on educational issues, “Ben Allen will work tirelessly to make public education thrive in our community. With his experience as a School Board Member, I know he will help strengthen and expand educational opportunities for all in Avalon. He has my endorsement.”
“Ben Allen’s track record exemplifies environmental awareness. With his leadership in the State Senate, Ben will fight for issues important to Avalon—clean water and investment in renewable alternative energy. I am proud to endorse Ben Allen for State Senate,” added Councilmember Joe Sampson.
In reaction to these endorsements, Ben Allen said, “I am deeply honored to be endorsed by local leaders of Avalon who have worked so hard for the community. I look forward to collaborating with them on issues vital for Avalon’s success and sustainable growth.”
The endorsements of Mayor Ann Marshall, Mayor Pro Tempore W.F. ‘Oley’ Olsen, and Councilmember Joe Sampson join a growing list of well-respected local 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; State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe. The list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, and Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.