Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica –Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen was endorsed today by California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair R.L. Miller in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District.
"Ben Allen is a true champion of the environment and someone we need in the State Senate. Ben Allen's record of successfully enacting environmental sustainability measures on the UC Board of Regents and on the Santa Monica School Board is evidence that he is someone who environmentalists can not only trust, but can look to as our champion in the State Senate. Whether it is leading the effort in fighting global climate change, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to a clean-energy economy, banning the practice of fracking, or preserving open space in California, Ben Allen will lead in the State Senate on protecting the environment. I wholeheartedly endorse him," said R.L. Miller.
“R.L. Miller has led the effort to ensure that the California Democratic Party stays true to our core value of protecting the environment. I look forward to working with her in efforts to ban fracking in California,” said Ben Allen.
R.L. Miller is a highly-regarded environmental activist, a founder of Climate Hawks Vote, a climate blogger at DailyKos, and the chair of the California Democratic Party's environmental caucus.
In addition to Miller’s endorsement, Allen has been endorsed by several prominent Democratic Party leaders and organizations including former California Democratic Party Chairman Peter Kelly, California Democratic Party Executive Board Member Susie Shannon, the West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club, the Stonewall Democratic Club, the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, the Santa Monica Democratic Club, Democrats For Israel, the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Los Angeles County Young Democrats.
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.