Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen was endorsed today by former Congressman Mel Levine (D-Santa Monica) in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District.
“Ben Allen is someone who I greatly respect and admire for his public service. As he has served on the University of California Board of Regents and the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School Board, I have watched him grow into a true statesman. He represents a new generation of leadership that we so desperately need right now, especially in Sacramento. I am proud to endorse Ben Allen for State Senate,” said Congressman Mel Levine.
“Mel Levine has been one of the greatest and reputable political figures of the Westside. What an honor and thrill to receive his endorsement,” said Ben Allen.
Mel Levine was elected to Congress in 1982 to what was then the 27th Congressional District and served until 1993. As a Congressman, Levine was a widely respected leader on issues of foreign policy and trade. His Congressional district included many of the communities currently within the 26th State Senate District including Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach. Prior to his election to Congress, Levine served in the California State Assembly from 1977 to 1982. Still actively involved in public service, Levine currently serves as President of the City of Los Angeles Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
With his endorsement, Levine joins a long list of well-respected elected officials who represent the West Los Angeles area who are backing Allen in his bid for the State Senate including Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman, State Senator Fran Pavley, State Senator Tom Hayden, State Senator Alan Sieroty, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Assemblymember Terry Friedman, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014. He will face Sandra Fluke in a November runoff.
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.