Two candidates, including Santa Monica school board member Ben Allen, join state Senate race

Sandra Fluke now has some Democratic competition in the race to fill the South Bay’s seat in the state Senate.

Ben Allen, a Santa Monica school board member, jumped into the race Monday, while Betsy Butler, a former state Assembly member, has told supporters she plans to run.

Allen, who is from Santa Monica, said he enters the race with a strong Westside base, having been elected to the school board in 2008 and 2012.

The new 28th Senate District starts in the Palos Verdes Peninsula and hugs the coast until Pacific Palisades. In the northern part of the district, it turns eastward, encompassing Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and part of Hollywood. The district is now represented by Ted Lieu, who is running for Congress in the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman, who announced he would retire Jan. 30.

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