Young, gay Asian elected mayor of Silicon Valley town

CAMPBELL, Calif. –Sleepy, suburban Campbell’s City Council elected one of the youngest gay and youngest Asian American mayors in the country at a meeting Tuesday night, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Evan Low

Evan 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.

“He’ll have his work cut out for him, but I think he’ll find his way,” said City Councilman Michael Kotowski, who twice served as Campbell’s mayor. “He’ll do a good job if he does the normal things, but he’ll be an exceptional mayor if he gets out in the community and reaches out to people.”

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.

A resident of Campbell for eight years, Low works full time as senior district representative to Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Sunnyvale.

Low is a rising star among gay politicians, although sexual orientation is generally becoming less relevant, especially among younger voters, said Michael Mitchell, director of Stonewall Democrats, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that promotes gay and lesbian political issues.

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