Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Torrance City Councilmember Kurt Weideman, in his bid to represent California's 26th State Senate District.
“Having seen the impact that Ben has made as President and School Board Member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, I am convinced that he has the leadership experience and natural talent to be our next State Senator for District 26. He has a plan to address Los Angeles’ mass transit as well as the traffic congestion that plague us all in the area. I hope to work with him to get our roads and public transport moving again,” commented Councilmember Weideman.
"I am so grateful to Kurt for supporting me in my campaign to become the next State Senator of District 26. His experience as the Chair of Torrance's Transportation Committee and his many years on the Torrance Planning Commission make him such a valuable leader. Together we can improve Los Angeles and all of our transit and transportation systems,” said Ben Allen.
Appointed to the Torrance City Council in 2013, Councilmember Kurt Weideman currently serves as the Chair of Torrance's Citizen Development and Enrichment Committee as well as a member on the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. Weideman has also previously served as the Chair of Torrance's Transportation Committee and its Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to his appointment to the City Council, Weideman enjoyed a 26 year career with Lisi (Hi-Shear), a local aerospace firm. A resident of Torrance for more than 50 years Weideman has contributed to the Torrance community through his involvement with the Torrance Historical Society and the Torrance Public Library Foundation.
With his endorsement, Weideman joins a long list of well-respected elected officials who are backing Allen for the 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 State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall.
Councilmember Kurt Weideman also joins the following elected officials in Torrance in supporting Ben Allen for State Senate: Torrance City Councilmember Heidi Ann Aschraft, former Torrance City Councilmember Cliff Numark, Torrance Unified School District Vice President Don Lee, and Torrance Unified School District Board Member Martha Deutsch, as well as numerous other commissioners. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, 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.