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Evan Low Becomes Country's Youngest Openly Gay Mayor

Campbell, California, just outside of San Jose, has a new, very young mayor:

Low "The council promoted Evan Low, 26, from vice mayor to a one-year term as mayor of the 38,000-resident Silicon Valley city...Low is working on his master's degree in public administration from San Jose State University, where he also earned an undergraduate degree in political science. He also attended an executive program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

...Low grew up in San Jose but eight years ago moved to Campbell, where his father, Dr. Arthur Low, is an optometrist and sits on the Chamber of Commerce. Low said he became interested in politics because he felt young people's interests, such as affordable housing and the future of Social Security, were not being addressed. He first ran for City Council in 2004 and lost, but won when he tried again in 2006. His term ends in 2010. Campbell seems to be an unlikely city for a young, gay, Asian American politician to gain a foothold in public service. The San Jose suburb is 70 percent white and 11 percent Asian, with a small, quiet gay community. Low said he received hate mail when he announced his opposition to Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban, as well as threats of a recall."

According to KTVU, Low is also the country's youngest Asian American mayor.

Congrats to Evan!

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  1. From Mayor of Campbell in 2009 to Governor of California 2023. It can happen.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 2, 2009 8:28:36 AM

  2. Congratulations Your Honor! Perhaps you'll consider running for Congress in a few years-then the Senate and perhaps the White House in say 2028?

    Posted by: robert | Dec 2, 2009 8:55:42 AM

  3. Evan has a beautiful smile.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 2, 2009 9:00:23 AM

  4. What the... people that young can actually get voted into semi-high office in the U.S.? Who'da thunk? Also, cute.

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Dec 2, 2009 11:47:36 AM

  5. Congratulations, Mr. Mayor. May you be re-elected and may you serve your constituents well.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 2, 2009 12:47:19 PM

  6. Congrats!!!

    Posted by: KFLO | Dec 2, 2009 12:56:24 PM

  7. Hurrah!!!

    Posted by: Dhani Darko | Dec 2, 2009 3:10:11 PM

  8. I look forward to seeing Mr. Low with his (legally married) male spouse inaugurated into the office of U.S. President in 2048.

    Posted by: Marcus | Dec 2, 2009 3:56:06 PM

  9. His father "sits on the Chamber of Commerce"? What does that mean? He sits on top of the building? Or on the Board of Directors?

    Posted by: Reader from MV | Dec 2, 2009 6:00:05 PM

  10. Wow, is he cute. I'm moving to Campbell CA!

    Posted by: David Jarrett | Dec 3, 2009 11:15:45 AM

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