At 21, Steven Ferguson has had his share of firsts: youngest commissioner in the city's 99-year history, youngest City Council candidate to garner 1,000 votes, and now, youngest chairman of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board.
Still, the significance is not lost on Ferguson, the second-highest vote-getter in this month's best-of-seven race for the 43rd District Democratic Central Committee.
"Technically, the chairmanship is ceremonial, but it also serves as an important symbol for the community of who is representing the park board, park issues to the community and park issues to the council," said Ferguson, whose involvement stretches back to elementary school.
His top priorities as chairman include raising the board's profile through town hall meetings and placing a greater significance on celebrating those who donate their time giving back to the community.
A graduate of Burbank High School, Ferguson has not shied away from tough issues. Last year, he spearheaded an effort to maintain a dedicated park patrol officer after budget cutting prompted the Police Department to scale back funding for the program.