The statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality California has endorsed gay Campbell Mayor Evan Low’s bid for a South Bay Assembly seat.
The news, officially announced today (Monday, December 23), is the latest endorsement from EQCA of an out non-incumbent candidate for a state legislative seat. To date, there are now only three male candidates from the LGBT community and aren’t current officeholders who have announced they are running to serve in the Legislature.
Last week EQCA’s Political Action Committee backed gay San Francisco Supervisor David Campos in his bid for a state Assembly seat. (The Bay Area Reporter will have more on the decision to back Campos over his opponent and board colleague, straight Supervisor David Chiu, in the December 26 issue’s Political Notebook column.)
That leaves Andy Katz, who is bisexual and seeking a state Assembly seat in the East Bay, as the sole out non-incumbent candidate waiting to learn if he will have the backing of group. In a brief interview with the B.A.R. last week, EQCA Executive Director John O’Connor said the PAC had yet to make a determination in Katz’s race.
Low, 30, (seen at right) is seeking the 28th Assembly District seat covering portions of west San Jose and several Peninsula cities such as Saratoga, Los Gatos, and Campbell. His boss, Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), currently holds the seat and will be termed out of office next December.
Cupertino Councilman Barry Chang, like Low a Democrat, and Republican Silicon Valley engineer Michael Hunsweck are also seeking the seat. So far Low is considered the front-runner and has amassed considerable political support and financial donations for his campaign.
“Evan Low is a dynamic leader who has been outspoken for LGBT equality in Campbell, statewide and nationally,” stated O’Connor in the press release announcing EQCA’s endorsement. “His impact is undeniable and his potentional to lead in the California legislature unquestionable. We fully back his campaign and are excited to work with him in the future!”
Low stated that he was “proud” to have the group’s support.
“EQCA has been the driving force in achieving protections for the LGBT community in California. Their fight for civil rights helps all Americans,” stated Low. “I look forward to continuing to work with EQCA in my campaign and in the Assembly.”