First-term San Jose Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco put to rest rumors of a bid for higher office, announcing that she has decided against running for the state Assembly in 2016.
"I am humbled by the loyalty and friendship of so many—and I fully believe that with their support I can be successful in this race—but now is not the right time for me to lead in Sacramento when there is so much left to do in our local community," the East Side Councilwoman said in a prepared statement Thursday. "So, I am announcing that I will not run for state Assembly in 2016 but instead will double my efforts to move San Jose forward as a beacon of hope in this state."
Mayor Sam Liccardo said he's pleased with her decision to stay local.
"Since January, she has hit the ground running to improve East San Jose," he said. "She collaborates with all stakeholders and her strong leadership has been a tremendous addition for our East Side neighborhoods."
Meanwhile, the race for the 27th Assembly District continues to take shape, with Liccardo throwing his endorsement behind the city's former vice mayor, Madison Nguyen, who shares his stance on the city's pension reform efforts.
Councilman Ash Kalra got off to an early start, announcing his AD27 bid back in January with support from the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus as well as Congressman Mike Honda, former Assemblyman Paul Fong and other labor allies.
Once Carrasco told confidantes of her decision not to run, the California Latino Caucus endorsed Santa Clara County Board of Education President Darcie Green, which lends some institutional backing.
Also in the running is human rights leader Cong Do, who was jailed for a month for his activism in Vietnam in 2006.