Santa Monica, CA -- Two-term Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore and LGBT civil rights leader John Heilman in his bid for California’s 26th State Senate District.
“Ben Allen understands the needs and challenges of local communities better than any other candidate in this race," said Heilman. "In this campaign, he’s taken the time to get to know West Hollywood and the challenges that our city continues to face. He’s willing to work with us to find solutions. Whether it is finding sources of funding to bring rail transportation to our city, working to give us more control over our local planning decisions, or helping us increase the supply of affordable housing, West Hollywood will have no better ally representing us than Ben Allen.”
Heilman also praised Allen’s record on LGBT Civil Rights. “Allen has successfully fought to keep Santa Monica-Malibu schools as safe, inclusionary, and friendly to LGBT students. He has been a strong supporter of LGBT student organizations such as the Gay-Straight Alliance. In 2008, as a school board candidate, he spoke out against Proposition 8 and wholeheartedly endorsed the freedom to marry. I have no doubt that as a State Senator, he will be a leader in the fight for civil rights and equality.”
“I can think of few other elected officials in our district who are as accomplished and respected as John Heilman,” said Allen. “He was one of the key founders of West Hollywood, an extraordinary civic success story. Ever since, he’s led the city with wisdom and courage. He’s a legend in the LGBT civil rights community. I am so very proud and honored to have his endorsement.”
John Heilman was first elected to the West Hollywood City Council in 1984 after playing a prominent role in the city’s independence movement. He currently serves as its Mayor Pro Tempore, and on the boards of the National League of Cities and the California League of Cities, and has served in the past on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union and as the past co-chair of the International Network of Gay and Lesbian Officials. Considered an LGBT civil rights leader, Heilman received the 1990 U.S. Conference of Mayors Award for his efforts in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS. In his seventh term on the Council, he is the longest-serving openly gay elected official in the United States, and he has served several times as West Hollywood’s Mayor.
In endorsing Allen, Heilman joins several other notable elected officials across the district who are backing Allen for the Senate race including County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, state Senator Fran Pavley, Congressman Jose Serrano, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, former State Senator Tom Hayden, former State Senator Alan Sieroty, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz. He’s also been endorsed by the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, Miracle Mile Democratic Club, and West Hollywood-Beverly Hills Democratic Club.
Ben Allen is a native of Santa Monica, CA, a two-term school board member with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, a professor of education law and policy at UCLA School of Law, a University of California Regent-Emeritus, and an attorney with Richardson & Patel LLP. Allen is a candidate for the California State Senate in the 26th District, which includes 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. Learn more at http://www.benallenforsenate.com.
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