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

Campbell's Low
is nation's youngest gay mayor


Campbell Mayor Evan Low. Photo: Rick Gerharter
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The Campbell City Council elected Evan Low mayor of the South Bay city Tuesday, December 1. At 26, Low is believed to be the country's youngest openly gay mayor.

He is also one of the youngest Asian American mayors in the U.S. He had been serving as vice mayor for the past year, setting the stage for this week's vote.

"Generally, the vice mayor is voted in as the next mayor," explained Low.

Balancing the city's budget amid the economic troubles facing the state will be his top priority over the next year.

"Mainly, I want to make sure we maintain a fiscally sound budget and do not make any layoffs," said Low.

He also wants to increase participation in local government by streaming city meetings live online and plans to be accessible to Campbell residents outside of City Hall.

Low, a fifth-generation Californian, was elected to office in 2006, becoming the council's first Asian American member. Since then he has become active in Democratic circles nationally; he was elected in September to an at-large seat on the Democratic National Committee. In the spring he ran for the male vice chair post within the state Democratic Party against another gay candidate but conceded the race to Eric Bauman prior to the vote at the state party convention.

Last year Low served as a grand marshal in San Francisco's Pride Parade. He was threatened with being recalled from office last fall for his speaking out against Proposition 8, the ban against same-sex marriage voters passed in the November 2008 election.

Low graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in political science and is a graduate of the senior executives in local and state government program from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where he was a Bohnett Leadership Fellow.

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