Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Lomita City Councilmember Mark Waronek, in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District.
"It is easy for a small city like Lomita to be easily forgotten about in a massive and sprawling district like the 26th State Senate District. But from getting to know him, Ben Allen has shown otherwise and gives me confidence that Lomita will have a voice in the State Senate,” said Councilmember Mark Waronek.
“Councilmember Mark Waronek is a dedicated community and local business leader, and I look forward to working closely with him in creating sustainable jobs and strengthening our regional economy. Mark is able to build bridges with key components in the process, and I am very happy to have his support,” said Ben Allen.
Councilmember Mark Waronek has more than 16 years of experience in advocacy, government, community relations, and public affairs. As former mayor and current councilmember, Waronek has been involved in many organizations and associations in the South Bay and the Los Angeles County region. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for the California Contract Cities Association and was a Board Member on the League of California Cities Transportation Policy Committee. Waronek has also fostered relationships with several of the 88 cities within the Los Angeles County, by establishing collaborative efforts on regional initiatives.
With his endorsement, Waronek 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 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.
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 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.