Former LAUSD Board Member Endorses Ben Allen for State Senate

Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica and Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) was endorsed today in his campaign for the 26th State Senate District by former Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member David Tokofsky.  

“Ben pursues policies with intellect, purpose, passion and with a strong sense of righteousness,” said Tokofsky. “I admire his efforts to engage the public in issues involving underprivileged public school students and his pursuit of programs for the very poor as well as enrichment programs for all students.  Ben is the type of leader we need to make headways for education in the State Senate.”  

“David Tokofsky has been an incredible educational leader, both on the LAUSD Board and off.  I am very humbled to have his endorsement,” said Ben Allen.  

David Tokofsky was first elected to LAUSD Board in 1995, representing the 5th District, and was subsequently re-elected in 1999 and 2003.  During his tenure, he was noted for his leadership in bringing full-day kindergartens into the LAUSD system and his advocacy for the development of early childhood education facilities.  

With his endorsement, Tokofsky joins a several other elected school board members who are backing Ben Allen for State Senate including LAUSD Board Members Steve Zimmer and Monica Garcia, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Members Jose Escarce, Maria Leon-Vasquez, Ralph Mechur, Laurie Lieberman, and Nimish Patel, Beverly Hills Beverly Hills School Board President Noah Margo, Beverly Hills School Board Vice President Brian Goldberg, former Beverly Hills School Board Members Steven Fenton and AJ Willmer, Redondo Beach School Board Member Todd Lowenstein.

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.