Elected Officials

“I am endorsing Ben Allen for State Senate because he shares my progressive Democratic values. As our next State Senator, I know we can count on Ben to protect our environment, fully fund our public schools and rebuild our infrastructure.”

-U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman

“Ben Allen's deep roots in the community, his evident leadership skills, and ability to seek common-sense solutions to any problem make him the most qualified candidate. For these reasons, I recommend Ben and support his candidacy for California's 26th State Senate District.”

-U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano

“Ben Allen has deeply impressed me as a candidate. He has the intelligence, integrity, and the track record in local and state government to be a leader in the State Senate. I see reflections of my younger self in Ben's passion for open space preservation. I predict Ben will do big things in office, and I am happy to endorse him.”

-Former Congressman Anthony Beilenson

“In the time I have gotten to know him, I can tell you that Ben Allen is no ordinary political candidate. He is in public service for the right reasons: he truly cares about people and wants to give back to his community. But more importantly, he’s shown the ability, as an elected official, to reach out and creatively build coalitions, in order to accomplish legislative goals. He is steadfastly principled, but willing to compromise for the greater good. That’s what we need in a public servant, and that’s why I am happy to endorse Ben Allen for the State Senate.”

-Former Congressman Howard Berman

“Because I care deeply about the community that I have represented for over 40 years, I want the most qualified individual to represent this community in the State Senate – that candidate is Ben Allen. Ben’s local roots and extensive experience working in California’s public education system qualify him to represent our diverse Senate District. I look forward to seeing Ben champion civil rights and improve the access to quality public education for all Californians as our next State Senator. I am ready to pass on the torch to him.”

-Former Congresswoman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke

“Ben Allen is someone who I greatly respect and admire for his public service. As he has served on the University of California Board of Regents and the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School Board, I have watched him grow into a true statesman. He represents a new generation of leadership that we so desperately need right now, especially in Sacramento. I am proud to endorse Ben Allen for State Senate.”

-Former Congressman Mel Levine

“Ben is exactly what we need in the State Senate, a smart and pragmatic problem solver. His passion for education, demonstrated by his years of service on a school board and in his teaching at UCLA School of Law, will be a valuable asset for our legislature.”

-Senator Fran Pavley

“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.”

-Senator Ed Hernandez

“Ben Allen is a determined advocate for providing quality public education and protecting our environment. Having worked with him as he served on the school board for many years while I was on the Council, I know from personal experience that Ben has what it takes to be a successful legislator in Sacramento. He knows how to work with others and build the coalitions that are needed to accomplish significant change.”

-Assemblymember Richard Bloom

“With over 17 years as an elected public official, I have a solid understanding of what it takes to be a successful legislator. I know with certainty that Ben possesses the ability to find reasonable solutions to our issues, including working to make higher education accessible to all and continuing his work as a friend of our environment. I have every confidence that Ben Allen will be an effective leader in the State Senate.”

-Assemblymember Steven Bradford

”As a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, Ben Allen was able to modernize local schools while making them environmentally friendly, creating thousands of new jobs in the process during one of our State’s lowest economic points. In the State Senate, Allen will be a leader on the environment, education, and protecting jobs.”

-Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III

“Ben Allen is the kind of passionate and energetic yet thoughtful leader that we need in the State Senate. I wholeheartedly endorse him and I look forward to working with him in Sacramento.”

-Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

“As an educator and an advocate for environmental protection and gender equality, I understand the heart and passion it takes to fight for a cause. Not only is Ben passionate about public service and protecting and preserving our environment, but he also has the necessary experience and leadership qualities to implement and execute his beliefs. As a Regent for the University of California, Ben's efforts to implement sustainability measures echo my championing of more sustainable buildings in the Los Angeles Community College District. I am confident that Ben Allen will be an effective and capable legislator in Sacramento, and I am happy to endorse him as the next State Senator for District 26. ”

-Nancy Pearlman, Los Angeles Community College District Board Trustee

“As a former Mayor and Assemblymember, I understand what it takes to be an effective leader and legislator and the importance of working closely with local residents. Ben Allen has proven to me that, without a doubt, he will work for the people of the 26th State Senate District and make decisions in their best interest. For that reason, I am supporting Ben as the next State Senator, and I hope the people will do the same on Election Day.”

-Former Assemblymember Mike Eng, Current Los Angeles Community College Board Trustee

“Ben Allen has shown that his priorities are in exactly the right places. His continuous work to provide quality education, his commitment to find practical solutions for important issues, and his unfailing dedication to his constituents make him an excellent choice to represent us in Sacramento, and I can think of no one better qualified to do so. I give my full support to Ben Allen in his race.”

-Former Assemblymember Tony Mendoza

“As an alumnus of the California State University system, I am impressed with Ben Allen’s commitment to restoring funding to public higher education. I am also impressed with his concern for local issues affecting the South Bay. My family and I have lived in the South Bay for over five decades and we care deeply about the region. He is someone who I trust to represent the people of the South Bay and look out for our interests in the State Senate.”

- Former Assemblymember George Nakano

”I am endorsing Ben Allen because he knows this district inside and out. Ben has demonstrated that he will be a State Senator who is easily accessible to his constituents and responsive to the needs of local communities.”

-Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe

“I’ve known and worked with Ben for over 20 years. He has selflessly devoted himself to our community. He has the vision, experience, intelligence and temperament to represent us. I wholeheartedly endorse Ben Allen for the State Senate.”

-Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

“Ben Allen is the type of energetic leader we need in Sacramento. We have both admired his commitment to education and public service. He is a dedicated, bright leader who is committed to solving the problems of today so our children can have a brighter tomorrow.”

-Former Los Angeles County Supervisor and Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Edelman

“Ben Allen has a proven track record as a financial watchdog and policy leader, and he has worked with people from all backgrounds to do what’s right for our neighborhoods. Ben will fight to ensure accountability from government and that's the kind of person we need in the California State Senate. I'm proud to endorse him.”

-Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan

“I am excited to endorse Ben Allen, who is the candidate best suited to represent SD26 as our next Senator. Through his experience as former President and current Member on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, Ben has demonstrated that he is a true leader and able to creatively problem-solve while ensuring our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and effectively.”

-Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin

“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.”

-Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz

“In the California State Senate, Ben Allen will be a champion for battling runaway film and television production. He will also be a fiscal watchdog over our state's budget and help ensure our financial health. That’s why I wholeheartedly endorse him for the State Senate.”

-Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian

“Ben Allen is a dedicated public servant and someone who I trust to look out for the constituents of the 26th State Senate District. His creative ideas for Los Angeles’s public transportation system and his willingness to be a relentless advocate for securing funding for transportation projects are exactly what this district needs. But what won me over is that between his work on the Santa Monica – Malibu School Board and leadership on the LA SPARK Program, Ben Allen has proven himself as someone capable of getting the job done.”

-Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge

“I endorse Ben Allen for California State Senate because I know he will make policy decisions based on an independent approach to problem solving and carefully evaluate all sides of an issue. The 26th State Senate District covers a large portion of my Council District, specifically Hollywood. Ben offers the type of leadership we all need in Sacramento.”

-Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell

“Ben Allen has repeatedly proven that he is a dedicated public servant and he’s someone who I trust on critical statewide issues like the economy, global climate change, and gender equality as well as key local issues like transportation, smart growth, and preserving open space. When it comes to serving to the constituents of the 26th State Senate District, we have no better choice than Allen.”

-Former Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski

“Ben was born and raised in his district and gained much needed local experience before mounting a campaign for office. His "grass roots" story mirrors mine. In tough economic times, Ben has proven his leadership abilities and character to the residents of this district. This is why I'm endorsing Ben Allen for California State Senate. Ben will be a great State Senator.”

-Former Los Angeles City Councilmember Rudy Svorinich Jr.

“Ben's passion in advocating for at-risk youths and his dedication to our children's education represents the quality of leadership we need in Sacramento. I'm confident that Ben Allen will continue to work tirelessly to improve our schools as our next State Senator.”

-Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Vice President

“Ben pursues policies with intellect, purpose, passion and with a strong sense of righteousness. I admire his efforts to engage the public in issues involving underprivileged public school students and his pursuit of programs for the very poor as well as enrichment programs for all students. Ben is the type of leader we need to make headways for education in the State Senate.”

-David Tokofsky, Former LAUSD Board Member

“Ben Allen understands the needs and challenges of local communities better than any other candidate in this race. In this campaign, he’s taken the time to get to know West Hollywood and the challenges that our city continues to face. He’s willing to work with us to find solutions. Whether it is finding sources of funding to bring rail transportation to our city, working to give us more control over our local planning decisions, or helping us increase the supply of affordable housing, West Hollywood will have no better ally representing us than Ben Allen.”

-John Heilman, West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem.

“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. 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.”

-John Duran, West Hollywood City Councilmember

“Ben Allen is a dedicated public servant who will be a leader in Sacramento on critical issues such as education, protecting the environment, and ensuring we have clean and transparent government. Based on his record of serving his community on the School Board, I feel confident that, as a State Senator, Ben Allen will always be responsive to the needs and concerns of Beverly Hills residents.”

-Lili Bosse, Mayor of Beverly Hills

“People like Ben Allen are what make California great. Highly educated, community oriented, and with a history of making change; these are the qualities of a great leader who will know how to implement the progressive policies we need to make this district the best it can be. His experience ranges from legislation in Washington to education policy here in his hometown of Santa Monica. I’m proud to endorse Ben, and cannot wait to work together to better lives of our fellow residents.”

-Dr. Julian Gold, Vice Mayor of Beverly Hills

“Through this campaign, I have gotten to know Ben Allen. His intellect, deep knowledge of local issues, hard work ethic, and integrity combine to make him the best fit to represent our State Senate District. I also trust that he will be a partner to the City of Beverly Hills and look out for our interests in Sacramento.”

-Dr. Willie Brien, Beverly Hills Councilmember

“Ben is not only a champion of public education but as a fellow local school board member, he understands the difficulties faced by local schools at the ground level. When local school districts faced massive cuts from Sacramento, Ben stood out as a leader among local school board members in finding creative ways to salvage funding. When it comes to protecting public education funding and serving the needs of students, parents, and teachers, Ben Allen is the best choice for the State Senate.”

-Brian Goldberg, Vice President of Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education

“As the former President and a current Board Member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Ben Allen has demonstrated his immense commitment to education policy. Ben has expanded the opportunities for high-quality education that our children can receive. He has experienced firsthand what works and what doesn't, and he wants to further improve our children's education education to prepare them to be our future leaders. I know that Ben is capable of doing all that and more, which is why I fully support him to be our next State Senator."

-Howard Goldstein, Member, Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education

“Over the course of the Senate campaign, I really got to know the other candidates well. I learned not just what they stood for but who they are as individuals. And in this campaign, I'm grateful that I got to know Ben Allen. Throughout this race, he demonstrated integrity, intelligence and a passion for key issues like public education, unemployment, global warming, and a deep knowledge of key local issues. Ben’s also shown himself to be someone who possesses the courage of conviction and yet respect for those who he disagrees with. Because he has the type of character that’s necessary to hold this office, along with his deep lifelong roots in the district and local leadership experience, I trust Ben Allen to represent our district and I am proud to endorse him for the State Senate.”

-Amy Howorth, Mayor of Manhattan Beach

“Ben Allen has demonstrated a critical understanding of local issues as well as the unique issues concerning the South Bay. I believe that his knowledge, his record of fiscal responsibility on the school board, and his experience in local government make him the best choice to represent us in the State Senate.”

-Mark Burton, Manhattan Beach Councilmember

“Ben Allen will be a tremendous advocate for our region. He has broad experience in business, law, the environment, public education, and issues unique to our area. I appreciate Ben for his depth of knowledge and vision and am proud to endorse him for the State Senate.”

-David Lesser, Manhattan Beach Councilmember

“The State Senate is ground zero of legislative change in California, and I need a candidate who has proven himself as an environmentalist, as a truly progressive leader, and as a skilled legislator. Ben Allen has all of these traits and more. With his experience and intellectual expertise, I firmly believe he’s the most qualified individual anywhere to tackle our state’s financial, environmental, and educational crises.”

-Howard Fishman, Former Mayor of Hermosa Beach

“Ben Allen is my choice for the 26th State Senate District, and I know that he will be a strong voice for us in Hermosa Beach. Ben Allen will be a leader committed to protecting our environment, ensuring all Californians have access to higher education, improving our infrastructure, and promoting economic development and job growth. I am proud to endorse Ben Allen for State Senate. ”

-Nanette Barragan, Hermosa Beach Mayor Pro Tempore

“I support Ben Allen as our State Senator, because he has demonstrated the commitment and brainpower to be able to represent the interests and needs of the entire District. Senate District 26 contains some of the most precious beaches in California, including the beautiful community of Hermosa Beach. I know that Ben has the passion, commitment, and experience to protect the shoreline, which is why I wholeheartedly endorse Ben Allen for State Senate.”

-Michael DiVirgilio, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember

“As an attorney whose practice focuses on environmental law, I am fully confident that Ben will promote policy that will effectively begin to remedy our environmental concerns. We here in Hermosa Beach know that he’s an exceptional leader capable of representing our district and defending our interests.”

-Hany Fangary, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember

“Ben brings practical, sound reasoning, and keen business sense, something sorely needed in our State Legislature. We need someone with the ability to evaluate the complexities facing our state, bring solutions to the forefront, and serve as a leader in getting consensus, so we can improve our current business climate. He will bring a fresh perspective that is also grounded with reality, having served six years as a School Board Member. I feel confident that he looks to the future, knowing that we need California to be on a strong footing for future generations.”

-Carolyn Petty, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember

“Ben is a genuine candidate who has been resolute in devising practical solutions to improving the quality of life for all residents within his home District. His dedicated years as a public servant coupled with his wealth of experience in balancing budgets have provided us with better access to quality education, a cleaner environment, a stronger local economy, and safer neighborhoods. I support his fresh outlook on the future of our District, and know that he will continue to be responsive to our needs as he works towards ensuring our best interests are protected as our next State Senator.”

-Karen Nowicki, Hermosa Beach City Treasurer

“Having seen the impact that Ben has made as President and Board Member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, I am convinced that he has the leadership experience and natural talent to be our next State Senator for District 26. He has a plan to address Los Angeles’ mass transit dilemma, as well as the traffic congestion that plague us all in the area. I hope to work with him to get our roads and public transport moving again."

-Kurt Weideman, Torrance City Councilmember

“As a lifelong resident of Lomita and as a former Commander within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, I feel that Ben’s extensive public service and upbringing within our District are what set him apart. We have already seen vast improvements throughout our District, as Ben has been unwavering in using his knowledge of the ins and outs of legislation to create and implement fiscally responsible measures within education reform and environmental conservation. I share his vision of continuing to protect and improve our quality of life, and know he will continue to be a driving force that leaves no stone unturned as our next State Senator."

-Lomita Mayor Michael Savidan

“Through his proven ability to work above partisanship and push through policies that benefit the community as a whole, Ben Allen has demonstrated that he is the most qualified candidate to be the next State Senator for District 26. With his leadership in the Senate, Ben will usher in a new era of job growth and environmental protection for the District that will effectively allow our community to prosper. I am fully confident that my support is placed in good hands."

-James Gazeley, Lomita City Councilmember

“I admire Ben as a leader whose responsiveness to the needs of each community gives him the strong ability to make clear and sound decisions that benefit all residents of the 26th State Senate District. Not one to idly wait on the sidelines, Ben has pushed for a number of measures that make the quality of life for District residents a top priority, including providing access to affordable quality education, creating sustainable measures for environmental conservation and solutions to advance our infrastructure, and improving our local business relations. While a small city like Lomita might be easily forgotten in the massive and sprawling District 26, I know that Ben will continue to be the strong voice we need to represent us in Sacramento."

-Mark Waronek, Lomita City Councilmember

“Ben Allen has proven he is genuinely interested in giving back to the community and sets the bar high for other public servants. Raised in Rancho Palos Verdes and a fellow native of the Los Angeles area, I feel he has our best interests at heart and know he will continue to be responsive to the needs of the District. I support his fiscally responsible positions in addressing educational reform, environmental protection, and creation of quality jobs. He has exactly the integrity and determination we need to get the job done as our next State Senator."

-Jerry Duhovic, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic

“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 support in combatting poverty and providing affordable and habitable housing."

-Anne Marshall, Mayor of Avalon

“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."

-Oley Olsen, Mayor Pro Tempore of Avalon

“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."

-Joe Sampson, Avalon Ciy Councilmember

“I am endorsing Ben Allen, because I have served on the School Board with him and seen the leadership qualities that he exhibits when faced with challenges and difficulties. He is open to innovative solutions and has been able to overcome the toughest hurdles that the School Board faces, including the financial crisis in 2008. His extensive understanding in budget and financial oversight makes him the most qualified candidate in the race. I look forward to continue working with him on education policies, when he becomes our next State Senator."

-Laurie Lieberman, Member, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education

“As a School Board Member, public education is my top priority, one that Ben also shares. I am supporting Ben because he knows the importance of investing in our schools and our children, which are the bedrock of District 26 and critical to our future. I firmly believe that as our next State Senator, he will do everything he can to improve not only our schools, but our entire District."

-Larry Vanden Bos, Vice President, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District