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 the majority of the Lomita City Council, including Mayor Michael G. Savidan and City Councilmembers James Gazeley, Ben Traina, and Mark Waronek.
Mayor Michael G. Savidan wholeheartedly gave his endorsement stating, “As a lifelong resident of Lomita and as a former Commander within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, I feel that Ben’s extensive public service and upbringing within our District are what set him apart. We have already seen vast improvements throughout our District, as Ben has been unwavering in using his knowledge of the ins and outs of legislation to create and implement fiscally responsible measures within education reform and environmental conservation. I share his vision of continuing to protect and improve our quality of life, and know he will continue to be a driving force that leaves no stone unturned as our next State Senator.”
"I admire Ben as a leader whose responsiveness to the needs of each community gives him the strong ability to make clear and sound decisions that benefit all residents of the 26th State Senate District. Not one to idly wait on the sidelines, Ben has pushed for a number of measures that make the quality of life for District residents a top priority, including providing access to affordable quality education, creating sustainable measures for environmental conservation and solutions to advance our infrastructure, and improving our local business relations. While a small city like Lomita might be easily forgotten in the massive and sprawling District 26, I know that Ben will continue to be the strong voice we need to represent us in Sacramento," said Councilmember Mark Waronek.
"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.
Ben placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
With these endorsements, Ben Allen has the majority support of the elected officials from the City of Lomita. All of these community leaders cited Allen's outstanding technical expertise in state and local policy issues and his long history of community involvement in his home District. With their endorsements, these prominent Lomita Councilmembers join a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, including State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill and Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe. This list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.
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.