Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) received an endorsement from former Manhattan Beach Mayor Portia Cohen after becoming the top voter-getter Tuesday’s primary election for the 26th District.
“Ben Allen is smart, hardworking, and knowledgeable about local government issues,” said Cohen. “I know that he will be a committed leader and is the perfect fit for State Senate.”
“I’m honored to receive support from local leaders like Portia Cohen who are deeply connected to their communities and I look forward to working with them and bringing their issues and concerns to Sacramento,” said Allen.
Cohen was first elected as a Councilmember of the City of Manhattan Beach in 2007 before becoming Mayor two years later. In 2009, she was awarded the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Best Practices Award for her countless environmental protection and conservation efforts in Manhattan Beach. Cohen was a also a member of the Governing Board of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.
Former Manhattan Beach Mayor Portia Cohen joins a number of state and local elected officials who are backing Ben Allen for the State Senate, including State Senators Fran Pavley, Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty, Assemblymembers Richard Katz and Terry Friedman, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem. John Heilman, and Hermosa Beach City Councilwoman Nanette Barragan.
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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