Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen earned the endorsements of a number of prominent local Manhattan Beach elected officials, including the entire current Manhattan Beach City Council in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District.
The endorsing leaders include former Mayors Portia Cohen and Steve Napolitano, current Mayor Amy Howorth, current Mayor Pro Tempore Wayne Powell, and current Councilmembers Mark Burton,Tony D’Errico, and David J. Lesser. All of these prominent Manhattan Beach government leaders heartily endorse Ben as the best State Senate candidate.
Portia Cohen, former Mayor of Manhattan Beach, announces her endorsement, “Ben Allen is smart, hardworking, and knowledgeable about local government issues. I know that he will be a committed leader and is the perfect fit for State Senate.”
Similarly, Amy Howorth, current Mayor of Manhattan Beach and former State Senate candidate, says, “Ben's also shown himself to be someone who possesses the courage of conviction and yet respect for those who he disagrees with. Because he has the type of character that’s necessary to hold this office, along with his deep lifelong roots in the district and local leadership experience, I trust Ben Allen to represent our district and I am proud to endorse him for the State Senate”.
City Councilmember Mark Burton agrees, “Ben Allen has demonstrated a critical understanding of local issues as well as the unique issues concerning the South Bay. I believe that his knowledge, his record of fiscal responsibility on the school board, and his experience in local government make him the best choice to represent us in the State Senate”.
In their endorsements, all of these community leaders emphasized Ben’s outstanding technical expertise in state and local policy issues, and his long history of community involvement in his home region. With these endorsements, Ben Allen has the unanimous support of the Manhattan Beach City Council.
With their endorsements, these prominent local elected officials join a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, including State Senator 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, Hermosa Beach Mayor Michael DiVirgilio, 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, HermosaBeach, 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.