Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

CA lawmakers back gay mayor’s state Assembly bid

State Assembly candidate Evan Low (left) with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Assemblyman Rich Gordon

State Assembly candidate Evan Low (left) with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Assemblyman Rich Gordon

Gay Campbell City Councilman Evan Low is drawing strong backing from state lawmakers for his 28th Assembly District campaign as he shores up support for his 2014 bid.

Today, (Wednesday, August 28)  the South Bay politician announced he had been endorsed by five Bay Area state Assemblymen, including Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.

Assemblymen Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) also endorsed Low’s campaign for the seat currently held by his boss, Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino). Fong, who will be termed out of office next year, has also endorsed Low’s Assembly bid.

“It is an honor to have the confidence and support of these outstanding Bay Area leaders,” stated Low. “I look forward to working with them in the legislature to continue moving our state and region forward.”

The endorsements follow ones made by other state politicians, such as lesbian Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and state Controller John Chiang.

Should he win the race, the 30-year-old Low would be the first out LGBT person of Asian descent to serve in the statehouse. So far he has yet to draw a significant challenger ahead of the June primary next summer.

Last month Low’s campaign reported it had raised $290,000 during the first six months of 2013 and had more than $240,000 cash on hand in its campaign account.

He has drawn considerable media attention this summer by protesting the U.S. ban against gay men donating blood. A petition he launched aimed at having the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reverse its policy stance had garnered nearly 24,000 signatures as of this week.



— Matthew S. Bajko, August 28, 2013 @ 12:43 pm PST
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