Evan Low Joins the ‘Yang Gang’

A little more than a month out from Super Tuesday, Assemblyman Evan Low has been tapped as the national co-chair of Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign.

The District 28 Democratic rep joins the ranks of other Silicon Valley politicians who have taken on key leadership positions in the 2020 presidential election. Last month, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was named the California co-chair of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign and in early 2019, U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) stepped up as national co-chair for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

San Jose State political science professor Larry Gerston said it’s no surprise how Silicon Valley is playing such a prominent role on this year’s national political stage.

“These days [it’s] the economic juggernaut for the whole country when you think about the kind of things coming out of the valley,” he said in an interview with San Jose Inside.  “They find it worthwhile to tap into the brains of political contacts and financial contacts of local officials. These people have great access to treasure troves financially.”

Yang’s platform in particular has unique resonance for Silicon Valley. Though his universal basic income idea gets more media play, the New York entrepreneur has done more than any of his challengers to elevate the conversation about the impact of automation on the American workforce.

Low’s announcement comes on the tails of him teasing a “new political adventure” on Twitter earlier this week. And on Tuesday night, with Yang notably absent from the Des Moines debate stage, Low took over the Democratic hopeful’s Twitter account and called on voters to help his colleague get into the next debate.

“Evan is a dynamic and proven leader in the great State of California,” Yang said in a statement. “Time and time again, he has demonstrated his commitment to representing diverse and dynamic voices and enacting policies that make our society more equitable.”

The pair have also frequently engaged on social media over the past year. In November, Yang even made a cameo in a video Low shared with his 11,000 Twitter followers about their shared affinity for math and boba.

Low told San Jose Inside that he’s endorsing Yang because, “there’s a lot of overlap on the issues we’re discussing in respect to the issues facing the younger generation.”

Low—who became the youngest openly gay Asian American mayor in 2009 when voters put hm at the helm of the city of Campbell—went on to found the California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus as a state lawmaker to address some of the same issues that concern Yang about the future of work.

In addition to the robots-are-stealing-your-jobs clarion call so foundational to Yang’s platform, one of those overlaps is a push to lower the voting age. Last year, Low proposed a bill in the California legislature that would knock the voting age from 18 down to 17. As a part of his platform, Yang wants to reduce the voting age even further to 16.

There’s another more pivotal reason that Low’s aligning himself with Yang—and it has nothing to do with policy.

“Growing up for me, I didn’t really have an Asian American hero that I could really relate to,” Low explained. “It wasn’t until high school when I was aware of [former U.S. Secretary of Transportation] Norm Mineta and [former Congressman] Mike Honda ... Within the realm of political and government, seeing someone like Andrew Yang on the national debate stage provides a great sense of pride.”

Low will make his first campaign appearance with Yang on Thursday in S.F. and plans to act as surrogate for the candidate in California and Nevada ahead of Super Tuesday.

Grace Hase is a staff writer for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @grace_hase. Or, click here to sign up for text updates about what she’s working on.

7 Comments

  1. > “Growing up for me, I didn’t really have an Asian American hero that I could really relate to,” Low explained. “It wasn’t until high school when I was aware of [former U.S. Secretary of Transportation] Norm Mineta and [former Congressman] Mike Honda … Within the realm of political and government, seeing someone like Andrew Yang on the national debate stage provides a great sense of pride.”

    Looks like Asian identity politics.

    Who are non-Asians supposed to vote for?

    Can Andrew Yang and Evan Low respect and advocate for the interests of non-Asians in government?

    • My question is…..why is Yang the only one who is seriously discussing the concerns we all have about the impending automation revolution taking away [40%??] of jobs, over the next [15??] years. Every economist acknowledges this impending unemployment nightmare. [Can you name a single professional economist who doesn’t acknowledge this reality?] So….if you want me to support you, as a candidate….please address this amazingly important issue. I don’t know if Yang’s solution is the correct one. But….at least he is talking about one of the most important issues of our times!

  2. Is anyone really surprise this guy is supporting the Yang Gang Whip Cream wagon? I was shocked to watch Andrew Yang request to one of his supporters to open his mouth so he could pour his whip cream into the supporter’smouth. The supporter was also surprised at the request. He looked at the manager and asked “ is this a joke?” Only to be humiliated by a clueless Yang who was enjoying himself too much to notice the show he was giving. He may have lots of mathematical formulas in his head. He is clueless about common sense. He is of course the result of Bay Area tech power. He is a fool just as Liccardo that could easily be manipulated by tech CEOs. [email protected] RAPE CULTURE!

  3. Andrew Yang is a [email protected] perverted guy!!! He should promote his Yang Gang Whip Cream wagon somewhere else! I am sure Trump, Clinton, Biden, and other like minded guys would love to be members of the YANG GANG WHIP CREAM WAGON! Hey Evan Low, what about trying JESUS for a hero. He is the Neta del planeta (the thing of this planet) I promise!

  4. The Yang Gang Whip Crean message is so powerful that if you google it, you will be redirected to XXX sites and products. This is the perverted power of the Andrew Yang Whip Cream market. However people, I would urge you to aim for heaven, so stay away from perverted Andrew a Yang and his tech money laundry machine! Try JESUS!

  5. Congratulations to Miserable Sam and Sweet and Low, this is a bit like being named first mate’s on the Titanic and the Lusitania.

  6. In other news, stocks are up for canned whipped cream.

    Perversion was on full display with this nutcase Yang. No wonder his poll numbers are so low. Imagine what he says & does in groups where he isn’t being filmed.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

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