Santa Monica, CA—Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of District 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell in Allen's campaign for California's 26th State Senate District.
"I endorse Ben Allen for California State Senate because I know he will make policy decisions based on an independent approach to problem solving and carefully evaluate all sides of an issue. The 26th State Senate District covers a large portion of my Council District, specifically Hollywood. Ben offers the type of leadership we all need in Sacramento," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.
“It is a great honor to have the support of Mitch who has been a tireless advocate for Council District 13. We are both passionate about giving back to our community and committed to making public engagement a top priority. I am thankful he shares my vision, and I look forward to working with him to continue to improve the dignity and quality of life for residents of the 26th Senate District as State Senator," stated Ben Allen.
First elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2013, O'Farrell succeeded current Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Councilmember representing City Council District 13.O'Farrell began his public service in 2002, serving under the leadership of then Councilmember Eric Garcetti as a field deputy, district director, and senior advisor to the former City Council President. Since then, O'Farrell has gone on to hold several key positions within the City Council, serving as Chair of the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and Los Angeles River committee; Vice-Chair of Personnel and Animal Welfare committee; Committee Member of the Innovation, Technology and General Services committee, the Public Safety committee, the Education and Neighborhoods committee; and as a member of the City's ad hoc committee on Film and Television Production Jobs. O’Farrell is also active within Los Angeles as an environmentalist focused on revitalizing the LA River, and as an advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
With his endorsement, O’Farrell joins a growing list of well-respected 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 U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Grace Napolitano; former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Fran Pavley, Ed Hernandez, and Jerry Hill; Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Isadore Hall, III, and Adrin Nazarian; former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, Warren Furutani, Richard Katz, Tony Mendoza, and George Nakano; Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin; and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.