City Councilmember John Duran Endorses Ben Allen for State Senate

Santa Monica, CA -- Coming off his recent first place victory in the June 2014 Primary for the 26th State Senate District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen today received the endorsement of influential West Hollywood City Councilman and LGBT Civil Rights Activist John Duran. 

“Ben Allen has repeatedly demonstrated a deep understanding of the crucial issues facing local governments in this district.  In Sacramento, he will not ignore the local independent cities, like West Hollywood, but instead be a partner and ally as our State Senator,” said John Duran.  Duran, a noted LGBT Civil Rights Activist and activist on HIV/AIDS also praised Allen’s record on civil rights.  “With his public opposition to Proposition 8, his support of on-campus student groups as well as his efforts to ensure that Santa Monica and Malibu schools remain a safe place for all students, Ben has repeatedly stood up for our community. And that’s why I am enthusiastically endorsing him for the State Senate.”  

“I am really honored to have earned the support of John Duran.  He has not only been a champion of LGBT Civil Rights but he has been a well-respected local government leader who has helped bring in new businesses, affordable housing, and recreational space to the City of West Hollywood,” said Ben Allen.

John Duran, a civil rights attorney, was first elected to the West Hollywood City Council in 2001.  Duran is the co-founder of numerous LGBT organizations including Equality California, the LIFE AIDS Lobby and Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE). A past board member of the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Councilmember Duran also served as President of the Board of Directors of Equality California.

With his endorsement, Duran joins several prominent local elected officials in the 26th State Senate District who are backing Allen including West Hollywood Mayor Pro-Tem John Heilman, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, Hermosa Beach City Councilwoman Nanette Barragan, Redondo Beach City Councilman Bill Brand, and Manhattan Beach City Councilman Mark Burton. 

Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.  He will face Sandra Fluke in a November runoff.


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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