If voters elect 24-year-old Steve Ferguson to the Burbank Unified school board on April 9, it's widely believed that not only would he be the youngest elected official in the city's history, but the first openly gay man to hold public office in the city.
While he says he didn't set out to make his sexuality a cornerstone of his campaign, Ferguson also hasn't shied away from it.
“It's important to be transparent and honest. This is who I am,” he said.
Among the field of current candidates, Ferguson is also the only one without children. But his differences are what his supporters tout as his strengths.
During the February primary, he won 3,013 votes, landing between two seemingly typical candidates for a school board race — David Dobson, a father of two and PTA president at Disney Elementary, and Charlene Tabet, a mother of three and PTA president at Burbank High School.