School Board Member Ben Allen Enters State Senate Race

WESTSIDE — This year’s political races are heating up for Santa Monicans.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education member Ben Allen announced his candidacy for State Senate Monday.

Rep Henry Waxman’s (D-Santa Monica) announcement last month that he would retire at the end of his 20th term tripped a political chain reaction that, among other things, drew current State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) into a race to fill his seat.

Allen had initially told the Daily Press that Waxman’s seat would be of interest to him but Monday he announced his intentions to fill Lieu’s seat.

He enters the race with two significant endorsements: County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and State Sen. Fran Pavley.

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