Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Hermosa Beach City Councilmember Carolyn Petty, in his bid to represent Calfironia's 26th State Senate District.
“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," said Councilmember Carolyn Petty.
“Carolyn Petty is the rare individual who is focused on the most important issues facing our community, and I am honored to receive her support. The future of our District lies with our children, and it is our responsibility to provide them with the opportunities that will make their futures as bright and as stable as possible," Ben Allen commented.
Currently serving her first term on the Hermosa Beach City Council, Petty has lived in Hermosa Beach for 20 years. Prior to serving on the City Council, she worked in the private sector as a finance executive at Paramount Studios and Coca-Cola Enterprises. A mother of two, Petty also worked at Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years, where she honed her skills in fiscal management and strategic planning.
With her endorsement, Petty joins a growing list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill and 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, and Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell.
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 Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, 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.