It was a family affair at Magdalena Carrasco’s election night party. The former First 5 official and about 60 of her closest friends and family gathered at her campaign headquarters on Story Road to watch as the poll results rolled in.
At 8:30pm her results, which were projected onto the wall, were neck and neck with Xavier Campos. However, that didn’t stop the mother of four from offering thanks to all her family and supporters before celebrating.
“Thank you to my husband for being a single father. He’s been raising four children entirely by himself. I’m lucky to be your wife, honey,” she said, her voice cracking.
The crowd, who included Elsie Aranda, chair of the East Valley/680 Neighborhood Action Coalition, cheered their support.
The room was packed with kids sucking on juice pouches as they waited in line to enjoy the pasta salad and nachos from the eclectic potluck buffet. Carrasco took Fly aside and especially pointed out a brobdingnagian green and white cake that read, “Congrats Abby and Sebastian.”
The overwhelming confection featured photos of her daughter and nephew in honor of their kindergarten graduation, which Carrasco had attended just that morning.
Wearing a black and white printed tunic, slacks, large hoop earrings and pointy black high heels, Carrasco was fussing more over the unmistakable finger concaves in the cake’s frosting than the poll results.