From School Board to State Senate, Santa Monica Native Hopes to Make the Leap

Life-long Santa Monica resident, Ben Allen, hopes to be the second person in the bayside city’s history to make the jump from the School Board to Sacramento.

Following in the footsteps of U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley, who was elected to the State legislature in 2006, Allen announced his bid to represent a swath of L.A. County’s coastline -- including his hometown in Sacramento.

“I served as president of the Board during one of the most difficult years economically for the State,” said Allen.

“We were able to maintain the quality of education of our district while keeping our books balanced,” he said, adding that SMMUSD has one of the highest bond ratings in California.

Despite the economic slump, “the caliber of the district was maintained when a lot of districts struggled to succeed,” said Allen.

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