Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of the entire Hermosa Beach City Council in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District.
The endorsing leaders include Mayor Peter Tucker, Mayor Pro Tempore Nanette Barragan, Councilmembers Michael DiVirgilio, Hany Fangary, and Carolyn Petty, and City Treasurer Karen Nowicki, as well as former Mayors George Barks, Howard Fishman, and Michael Keegan. All of these prominent Hermosa Beach government leaders enthusiastically endorse Allen as the most qualified candidate for State Senate District 26.
Howard Fishman, former Mayor of Manhattan Beach, announced his endorsement, “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.”
"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," said Mayor Pro Tempore Nanette Barragan.
Also endorsing Allen, Councilmember Michael DiVirgilio commented on Allen's environmental track record, "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."
“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," stated Councilmember Hany Fangary.
Councilmember Carolyn Petty also spoke of Allen's budget expertise, “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.”
Upon receiving the unanimous support of the Hermosa Beach City Council, Allen remarked, "I am so honored to have the endorsements of Hermosa Beach's local elected officials who have dedicated their lives to serving the residents and neighbors that they represent. I am so honored to have the trust, confidence, and support of these community leaders. I am eager to represent Hermosa Beach and all of Senate District 26 in Sacramento with commitment and integrity."
Ben placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
With these endorsements, Ben Allen has the unanimous support of the elected officials from Hermosa Beach. All of these community leaders cited Allen's outstanding technical expertise in state and local policy issues and his long history of community involvement in Senate District 26. With their endorsements, these prominent Hermosa Beach city officials join a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, including U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Grace Napolitano; State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; and Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe. This list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, Lomita Mayor Michael Savidan, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, Rolling Hills Mayor B. Allen Lay Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall. Allen has also earned the unanimous support of Manhattan Beach City Council. For the Full list of Ben's endorsements, please click here.
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.