Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of former Hermosa Beach Mayor Howard Fishman for State Senate District 26
“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,” said Howard Fishman.
“Howard Fishman was a true innovator in Hermosa during his tenure, and I look forward to working with him in the future,” said Ben Allen.
Howard Fishman is a former Risk Management Consultant for the cities of El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, where he pioneered a number of new administrative and legislative solutions to combat environmental and infrastructural dangers. He was the Mayor of Hermosa Beach in the 2011 to 2012 cycle, as well as a member of the City Council from 2009 to 2012.
With his endorsement, Fishman joins a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, including State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe. The list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall.
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.