Carrasco Announces Candidacy for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Carrasco's experience, vision and determination have prepared her to be the next Supervisor 

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- On Tuesday, Councilmember and former Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco officially announced her candidacy for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 3 to bring her vision for an equitable Silicon Valley and passion for social justice to the region.

“I look forward to continuing to fight for our families at the County level,” Carrasco said. “My campaign will connect with voters all across this district – in every community and from all walks of life – to build a movement that will serve everyone in District 3.” 

“Before my time as an elected official, I was a social worker working for the County and served our most vulnerable families on a daily basis,” said Carrasco. “I deeply understand the strong leadership required to tackle the housing crisis and better support our working families – and that is why I’m running to serve you in the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors District 3 in 2020.” 

Supervisor Cindy Chavez, an early endorser states:  

“As a County Supervisor, I have partnered with Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco for many years on important issues affecting our most vulnerable communities. I need a partner to continue to protect and defend these communities on the County Board of Supervisors. As a former Social Worker, Councilmember Carrasco has the experience and the passion to get things done for our county residents.”

During her tenure on the San Jose City Council, Carrasco has been a strong advocate for the working class by championing a robust Wage Theft Ordinance that holds employers accountable for failing to compensate their workers properly and by leading efforts to connect low-income residents to all the services that the city provides. Carrasco has also played an integral role in supporting transportation projects to create better mobility and mitigate climate pollution.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra in his endorsement statement:  

“As a former Councilmember, and current Assemblymember, I know firsthand the importance of putting constituents first. From our time on the City Council to my time as a current member of the Assembly, Councilmember Carrasco and I have worked hand-in-hand to raise the minimum wage and promote local hiring to create job opportunities for our constituents. She has built a strong track record of fighting for working families on important social problems such as cracking down on wage theft and ensuring that our families get paid a fair wage consistent with the cost of living in this region. I know she will do a great job representing our residents as a County Supervisor.”

Carrasco has also focused on policies to support women including the passage of the Women's Bill of Rights, increasing funding for services that assist survivors of domestic violence and strengthening policies to address human trafficking. Additionally, her record includes efforts on the council to create paths for good-paying jobs through city investment, developing a clean energy program, and establishing an equity project for cannabis business opportunities.  

Carrasco is also committed to solving our housing crisis by increasing the supply of market rate and affordable housing in Santa Clara County. She understands that we must promote affordability by accommodating the needs of working people across the region. 

Councilmember Sylvia Arenas who has endorsed states:

“Councilmember Carrasco and I have worked hand-in-hand to serve Mt. Pleasant, East Side and Evergreen families. She's effective because she serves our families diligently and with passion. Magdalena Carrasco will be a terrific Supervisor because she cares deeply for every member of our community." 

Magdalena graduated from Independence High School in Supervisorial District 3 and has served the Supervisorial District 3 community for decades. Growing up the child of immigrant parents, Magdalena learned the value of hard work and community service at a young age, a value that has propelled her to serve families, children and this community her entire life.

Endorsements:

  • Kevin de Leon, Former President Pro Tem, State Senate

  • Supervisor Cindy Chavez, County of Santa Clara, District 2

  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Assembly District 27

  • Senator Bob Wieckowski, Senate District 10

  • Senator Jim Beall, Senate District 15

  • Councilmember Raul Peralez, City of San Jose, District 3

  • Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, City of San Jose, District 8

  • Councilmember Bob Nuñez, City of Milpitas

  • Councilmember Carmen Montaño, City of Milpitas

  • Peter Ortiz, Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education, District 6

  • Betty Martinez and Robert “Bob”Ramirez, Trustees, Mount Pleasant Elementary School District

  • Leila Welch, Trustee, Evergreen School District

  • Maimona Afzal-Berta, Trustee, Franklin-McKinley School District

  • Jorge Pacheco Jr., Trustee, Oak Grove School District

  • Jose Magaña, Trustee, San Jose Unified School District

  • Lorena Chavez, Trustee, East Side Union High School District

  • Karen Martinez and Craig Mann, Trustees, San Jose City-Evergreen Community College District

  • Cong Do, Human Rights Advocate, former Candidate State Assembly 27th District

  • Krysten Ngo, Education Advocate,

  • Jesus Flores, Business Owner

  • Various Business, community, and non-profit leaders throughout Supervisorial District 3 and the South Bay