Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) today picked up the endorsement of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.
“Having served in the state legislature myself, I know what it takes to be a leader in Sacramento. Between his experience, his energy, his progressivism, and his knowledge of critical issues, Ben Allen possesses all the qualities needed to be a leader. I wholeheartedly endorse Ben Allen for State Senate and look forward to working with him as a partner for Los Angeles,” said Paul Koretz.
"Paul Koretz has been a devoted and tireless public servant to West Hollywood and West Los Angeles for most of his career. Like me, he is a proud progressive and I am really excited to have received his endorsement,” said Ben Allen.
Paul Koretz was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2009 to represent the city's 5th District and overwhelmingly reelected in 2013. The 5th District includes numerous Los Angeles neighborhoods that are part of the 26th State Senate District including Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Westwood, Beverly Grove, Fairfax, Carthay, and Sunset Hills. Prior to his election to the Council in 2009, he served in the California State Assembly from 2000 through 2006. He previously served on the West Hollywood City Council from 1988 through 2000. Both in the State Assembly and on the City Council, Koretz has been known as a champion of progressive public policy including drug law reform, sexual orientation equality, environmental protection, and protection of animal rights.
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.