California State Assembly Evan Low Running for Congress to Replace Retiring Rep. Anna Eshoo

California State Assembly Evan Low Running for Congress to Replace Retiring Rep. Anna Eshoo

Full disclosure: I have donated to Evan Low’s campaigns in the past and will do so in the future.

I was excited to hear that California Democratic Assemblymember Evan Low officially launched his bid for Congress for California’s 16th Congressional District. He is jumping into the race to replace longtime Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who is retiring at the end of 2024. I have known Evan for a longtime and have been following him closely since 2009 when he became the country’s first youngest Asian gay mayor.

Evan is energetic, thoughtful, and charismatic. He is extremely engaged with the community and is a prolific legislator. His race will be a tough one, though:

“Low leaned into his support from law enforcement and his work on tech issues, including chairing a caucus to advocate for one of California’s signature industries. His endorsements include a progressive stalwart from a neighboring district, Rep. Ro Khanna, as well as California Democratic Reps. Judy Chu and Mark Takano.

“It’s important and personal to me to continue the legacy of those that have come before me, like Norman Minetta and Mike Honda — two individuals who were in internment camps themselves, icons in our community,” he said.

He joins a burgeoning field of Democratic hopefuls eager for a shot at the solidly blue Bay Area district.

Santa Clara Supervisor Joe Simitian has had a federal campaign account open since January, giving him a sizable fundraising headstart with nearly $700,000 on hand as of the end of September. Low projected confidence that he’d be able to catch up quickly, pointing to his deep donor base with tech executives and national LGBT advocacy groups.

Former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who previously considered taking on Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren in a neighboring Silicon Valley district, jumped in soon after Eshoo’s announcement.

State Sen. Josh Becker is also considering a run, while Low’s colleague in the Assembly, Palo Alto Democrat Marc Berman, has ruled it out.

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