Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Former Assemblymember, City Councilmember, Mayor of Artesia, and current District 32 State Senate candidate Tony Mendoza, in his bid for State Senate in District 26.
“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,” said Tony Mendoza.
“Tony Mendoza represents the qualities and values of a dedicated legislator and community advocate. It is an honor and a privilege to know that he is in my corner,” said Ben Allen.
Elected to the Artesia City Council as both the youngest and first Latino member in 1997, he was also the youngest mayor ever elected in the city. Tony Mendoza served as a councilmember until his election to the State Assembly in 2006. His work on legislation in the fields of health, public safety, and the environment led to several pioneering bills, including the first in the nation to ban the use of trans-fats in restaurants, cafeterias, and bakeries statewide. He was also responsible for the successful Young Legislators program, which educates high school seniors from across the 56th Assembly district in the local, regional, and state political processes. Prior to his prodigious political career, Mendoza taught elementary school for ten years in East Los Angeles, as well as served as a representative for the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association, during which time he was also on the board of directors for United Teachers Los Angeles.
With his endorsement, Mendoza joins a respected list of elected officials who support Allen for Senate, including State Senator Fran Pavley, Former State Senator Alan Sieroty, Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Former Assemblymember Richard Katz and Former Assemblymember George Nakano.
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.
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