Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) was endorsed today by his former rival in the race for California’s 26th State Senate District, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth.
“Over the course of the Senate campaign, I really got to know the other candidates well. I learned not just what they stood for but who they are as individuals. And in this campaign, I'm grateful that I got to know Ben Allen. Throughout this race, he demonstrated integrity, intelligence and a passion for key issues like public education, unemployment, global warming, and a deep knowledge of key local issues. 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,” said Amy Howorth.
“Amy Howorth was an exceptionally formidable opponent and I am deeply honored to receive her endorsement. She has been a champion for protecting the environment and local businesses and continues to be a passionate leader in Manhattan Beach and the South Bay. Her successful efforts in Manhattan Beach to lead the switch to 100% renewable energy is inspirational and will serve as a role model for all California localities,” said Ben Allen.
Amy Howorth is currently the Mayor of Manhattan Beach, having been sworn in to the position in 2014. As Mayor, she has been instrumental in leading Manhattan Beach’s 2025 initiative to make the beach city 100% reliant on renewable energy sources. She was first elected to the Manhattan Beach School Board in 2003 and reelected in 2007. She was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 2011 and also serves as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party.
Ben Allen is the only SD26 candidate that has received endorsements from his former opponents. Mayor Amy Howorth joins Barbi Appelquist in addition to a growing number of elected officials who are backing Allen including Assemblymember Steven Bradford, former Assemblymember George Nakano, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember Nanette Barragan, Redondo Beach City Councilmember Bill Brand, Manhattan Beach City Councilmember Mark Burton, and former Manhattan Beach Mayor Portia Cohen.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014. He will face Sandra Fluke in a November runoff.
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.
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