This past Thursday, political wonder kid and current Campbell City Council Member Evan Low officially announced his candidacy for California State Assembly for the 24th Assembly District. A few years ago, Low made history by becoming the country’s youngest ever Asian American mayor as well as youngest openly gay mayor.
I’ve met Low quite a few times and he is quite the energetic mover and shaker when I first met him back in June of 2008. I think he was the first Chinese American I had met whose family had deep roots in America – over three generations. Having grown up in the Northeast, this is unheard of, as all of the Asian American families I knew had immigrated to the U.S. after immigration reform in the mid-1960s.
There was a who’s who of South Bay elected officials expressing their support for Low, including Mayor of Campbell Jason Baker, Mayor of Mountain View Jack Siegel, Mayor of Cupertino Gilbert Wong, Mayor of Palo Alto Sid Espinosa and San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen. Best of luck to Low in 2012 – running for office will be challenging, but if he’s elected, governing will be even more difficult given the sad state of affairs in the State legislature as well as the budget.