Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights announced Sunday the endorsements of incumbent councilman Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy for Santa Monica City Council.
The announcement comes one week after no endorsements were made at SMRR’s election convention.
According to a statement from SMRR, “We chose Kevin because he is a hard-working responsive Councilmember with a great record on the issues. Kevin has tirelessly worked to preserve our housing and neighborhoods and to prevent over-development.”
The statement continues, “We chose Jennifer because has been an integral part of SMRR for more than fifteen years, having served on our Tenant Hotline, the Steering and the Housing Committees. She a Planning Commissioner and was twice elected to the Rent Control Board.”
The statement said both McKeown and Kennedy would continue to represent SMRR’s platform while making good decisions for Santa Monica.
“We are also adding Louise Jaffe to our list of candidates for the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees,” the SMRR statement said. “Louise is a dedicated incumbent Trustee who is also involved at the State and Regional level with the Community Colleges system.”
McKeown said he was thrilled about the endorsement.
“With Jennifer Kennedy and me, the SMRR steering committee has supported two rock-solid slow growth candidates, who’ve proven our commitment to protecting renters and creating truly affordable housing, not just a few cheap units slapped onto bad projects,” McKeown said. “Sue Himmelrich is my personal endorsement for the third Council seat, and I look forward to serving with Jennifer and Sue on the City Council. We’re going to win this one for residents threatened by displacement and overdevelopment.”
The Mirror will have extended coverage of SMRR’s Council endorsements in Friday’s edition.