California capital’s first openly gay city council member?
By Malissa Rogers
There has never been an openly gay city council member in the history of Sacramento, California. Steve Hansen wants to be the first.
“It was never a choice to run as an openly gay candidate. I’ve been out for a long time,” Hansen said. “When we try to hide who we are, it hurts more than it helps and if our leaders lie, that’s a pretty bad message.”
Hansen, a senior regional manager at California-based biotechnology company Genentech, is a down-to-earth, humble, 32-year-old, who believes helping others is his responsibility in life and prides himself in being a huge supporter of local artists. He has resided in Sacramento since 2002 and currently lives in the Alkali Flat neighborhood in Sacramento with his dog Oreo.
Earlier this year in June, Hansen earned 28.59 percent of the votes from District 4, which covers Sacramento’s Land Park, midtown, and downtown. This secured his name on the ballot, next to Joe Yee who received 27.53 percent of votes; both candidates are looking to replace Councilman Rob Fong, during the upcoming election in November.