Tech-Focused Lawmaker Launches Campaign for Silicon Valley House Seat

Tech-Focused Lawmaker Launches Campaign for Silicon Valley House Seat – On Tuesday, California Assemblymember Evan Low initiated his campaign to represent extensive areas of Silicon Valley in Congress. Positioning himself as a fresh, forward-thinking leader with strong connections to law enforcement, he unveiled significant early endorsements to enhance his standing in a fiercely contested primary for the coveted blue seat.

“We need fighters and the Republican Party has been the party of Trump and I have been a fighter,” Low said in an interview with a news outlet ahead of the announcement. “And given that we have the most homophobic speaker in generations, the best way to combat that is to send more openly LGBT individuals to Congress.” Low emphasized his backing from law enforcement and his efforts on tech-related matters.

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Including leading a caucus dedicated to championing one of California’s key industries. His endorsements encompass a progressive figure from a nearby district, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with California Democratic Representatives Judy Chu and Mark Takano. Formerly, Low served as the mayor of Campbell, achieving the distinction of being the youngest Asian American and youngest LGBTQ+ mayor in the nation in 2009. 

His father held the position of president in a local chamber of commerce, and his brother serves as a police officer in San Jose. Upon entering the state Legislature, the lawmaker with five terms under his belt solidified his standing as a notable advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, combating violence against Asian Americans, and addressing issues within the tech industry. 

However, his aspiration to become Assembly speaker led to conflicts with chamber leaders. In 2021, then-Speaker Anthony Rendon publicly rebuked him by stripping him of a committee chairmanship, marking an unusual move in response to his behind-the-scenes political maneuvers. At 40 years old, Low is poised to leverage his youth and Chinese American heritage as key aspects of his campaign appeal. Notably, a quarter of the district’s eligible voters identify as Asian American.

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