Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown has endorsed community and education activist Gleam Davis to run with him for City Council in the general election Tuesday, November 7th.

Introducing Davis to the Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) steering committee at its pre-convention candidate interviews Saturday, July 29th, McKeown encouraged the organization to support Davis and “create a more effective council team.”

“I’ve gotten to know and respect Gleam first through education issues,” said McKeown, who will be on the ballot for a third council term and is supporting Davis for her first run.

“Santa Monica’s families need Gleam Davis on the City Council as a strong advocate for education and youth issues. She has impressed me as a clear thinker with a good heart and a commitment to Santa Monica’s future and quality of life.

“We share principled positions on housing, development, the environment, homelessness, public safety and social justice. I know Gleam and I will make a great team for SMRR and for all Santa Monicans.”

Davis stressed her commitment to protecting renters and creating more affordable housing.

“As a former member of the board of directors of Wise Senior Services,” Davis said, “I am particularly concerned about the impact that the loss of rental housing has on our older citizens.

“Older residents who lose their homes often find it hard to relocate within their neighborhood and subsequently lose their opportunity to age in their homes with their health and dignity intact.”

Davis has also been endorsed by the Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS).

A final decision by Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights to endorse candidates will be made Sunday, August 6th, during its nominating convention.