Former Assemblymember George Nakano Endorses Ben Allen for State Senate

Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has been endorsed in his bid for the 26th State Senate District by former Assemblymember George Nakano (D-Torrance).

“As an alumnus of the California State University system, I am impressed with Ben Allen’s commitment to restoring funding to public higher education. I am also impressed with his concern for local issues affecting the South Bay. My family and I have lived in the South Bay for over five decades and we care deeply about the region. He is someone who I trust to represent the people of the South Bay and look out for our interests in the State Senate," said former Assemblymember George Nakano

"I am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of George Nakano.  Not only has he been a leader in the South Bay, but he was a leader in the California State Legislature on public education, coastal protection, and economic development,” said Ben Allen. 

George Nakano served in the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2004, where he co-founded the Asian – Pacific Islander Caucus and served as the Democratic Caucus Chair.  Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served on the Torrance City Council for 15 years.  

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.