Dear Editor – Support Given and Withdrawn

I’ve known Chris Armenta for over a decade. Having served with him for four years on the Culver City Council, I know his heart is in the right place. When asked if I would endorse his campaign for State Assembly, I did so without reservation.

However, having seen a recent campaign mailer attacking his opponent, I am withdrawing my support.

I have always set a high standard for my own conduct during campaigns. I never engaged in personal attacks, never condoned negative campaigning on my behalf, and have always taken responsibility for any material released on my behalf. I’m disappointed that Chris condoned the release of this hit piece.

This issue is a very fresh one for me. During our recent School Board campaign I released two public statements condemning harassing and unethical behavior targeted against a candidate. I find it impossible to support a candidate engaging in behavior of a similar nature.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with candidate Sebastian Ridley-Thomas at great length. I was extremely impressed by his intellect and his personal warmth. What struck me most, though, was the depth of his understanding of Culver City’s issues. His familiarity with my community is comprehensive and nuanced. It instilled in me great confidence that Ridley-Thomas will represent us well.

I am proud to offer my support to Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’s campaign for State Assembly.

Scott Malsin

Former Mayor, City of Culver City

The Actors' Gang

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