Santa Monica, CA - In his bid to represent California's 26th State Senate District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has been endorsed by Lomita City Councilmember James Gazeley.
"Through his proven ability to work above partisanship and push through policies that benefit the community as a whole, Ben Allen has demonstrated that he is the most qualified candidate to be the next State Senator for District 26. With his leadership in the Senate, Ben will usher in a new era of job growth and environmental protection for the District that will effectively allow our community to prosper. I am fully confident that my support is placed in good hands," said Councilmember James Gazeley.
"I am grateful for the endorsement of Councilmember James Gazeley, whose long tenure in various local positions and organizations shows his commitment to our community. Having his support strengthens my resolve to be the leader that our District needs as envisioned by my supporters, one who puts the interests of Lomita and the rest of our District ahead of Sacramento politics. I promise our local leaders to make our District the standard that other Senate Districts will follow," said Ben Allen.
A lifelong resident of the City of Lomita, Councilmember James Gazeley served in the U.S. Army from which he received an Honorable Discharge. A member of the Lomita City Council since 2009, he was the City's Mayor from 2012 to 2013. Gazeley has also served as a Regional Member of Southern California Association of Governments, the Vice President of the South Bay Council of Governments, and a member on the Los Angeles County Vector Control Board. Prior to serving on the City Council, Gazeley was a Lomita Parks and Recreation Commissioner and a member of the City's Planning Commission for 11 years, where he pushed for stronger environmental protection regulations in Lomita. In an effort to give back to his community, Gazeley served as a coach at Lomita Little League and was on the Board of Directors for 12 years. For 35 years, Gazeley also worked as a Post Manager for the U.S. Postal Service, in charge of Budget and Operations.
With his endorsement, Gazeley joins a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, 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 U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Grace Napolitano; former US Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; 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. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.
Ben 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.