Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member and UCLA Law School Lecturer Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Los Angeles Community College Board Trustee Mike Eng, in his bid for State Senate.
"As a former Mayor and Assemblymember, I understand what it takes to be an effective leader and legislator and the importance of working closely with local residents. Ben Allen has proven to me that, without a doubt, he will work for the people of the 26th State Senate District and make decisions in their best interest. For that reason, I am supporting Ben as the next State Senator, and I hope the people will do the same on Election Day," said College Board Trustee Mike Eng.
"I am humbled by the support and confidence of Los Angeles Community College Board Trustee Mike Eng. I am eager to fulfill his confidence in me in serving my community, once elected to State Senate. Mike has been a great leader in Los Angeles County, and I aspire to Mike's depth of wisdom and effectiveness in advocating for affordability of our education and sustainability of our environment," said Ben Allen.
Mike Eng's career began on Monterey Park's City Council, where he served as a councilmember from 2003 to 2006, and the Mayor of the City from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, Eng was elected with overwhelming support to the California State Assembly, where he served until 2012, earning 67.2% of the vote in 2008 and 68.9% in 2010. During his tenure, Assemblymember Eng sponsored numerous bills and chaired three of the Legislature's most critical policy committees: Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Business and Consumer Protection. He was also a member of the Assembly's Education Committee for three terms. Eng termed out of the Assembly with a stellar legislative record, including authoring the law that made California the first state to declare water as a human right. In 2013, Eng was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District, after placing first in his race with 64% of the vote. The district is the largest community college district in the U.S., serving more than 250,000 students from 40 cities, which span over 800 square miles.
With his endorsement, Eng joins a long list of well-respected elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, including former U.S. Representatives Howard Berman and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe; former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Jerry Hill and Fran Pavley; former State Senators Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty; Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Ian Calderon, Isadore Hall, III, and Adrin Nazarian; former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, Warren Furutani, Richard Katz, Tony Mendoza, and George Nakano; and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge. For a full list of Allen's endorsements, please visit www.benallenforsenate.com/endorsements.
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.