Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of the Santa Monica Observer, the trusted and most widely-read news source of Santa Monica, in his bid to represent California’s 26th Senate District.
The Observer cited Allen's character, his strong track record of local service and his deep roots in the community as defining factors that set him apart from his opponent and make him the right choice for District 26's next State Senator:
“Ben is a local guy who is exceptionally smart, committed, ethical, and talented. He has served our community well here in Santa Monica on the School Board and is ready to take his leadership skills to the next level. Sandra Fluke is also smart and talented, but she just moved here and seems to be looking far further up the political food chain far too quickly to be particularly interested in local representation. We vote for Ben."
“It is a great honor to have the endorsement of my hometown newspaper, the Santa MonicaObserver, which believes that my experience and determination to improve the quality of life forSanta Monica residents distinguishes me from my opponent. I am touched that the community where I was raised and have served is backing me as we approach the Senate District 26 elections. With their ongoing support, I am even more inspired to be the strong voice to represent their needs and all of District 26 in Sacramento,” said Ben Allen.
The Santa Monica Observer joins other area news publications, including the Los Angeles Daily News, Beverly Hills Weekly, and Daily Breeze in endorsing Ben Allen for State Senate, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe; former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Fran Pavley, Ed Hernandez, and Jerry Hill; former State Senator Alan Sieroty; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge; Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell, Hermosa Beach Mayor Peter Tucker, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Lomita Mayor Michael Savidan, Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, Rolling Hills Mayor B. Allen Lay, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and environmental organizations Sierra Club California and California League of Conservation Voters. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, For the Full list of Ben's endorsements, please click here.
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.