Magdalena Carrasco named San Jose vice mayor

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo named Magdalena Carrasco, who has represented East San Jose on the City Council since 2014, Vice Mayor Wednesday morning.

Liccardo said in a statement:

“Magdalena brings a strong voice, real-world experience and an unwavering commitment to expanding opportunities for the many residents in our community who struggle to survive and make a better life for their children.”

Liccardo said:

“As the councilmember representing East San Jose, Magdalena has also been an important partner in our collective work to broaden prosperity and educational opportunity in our city.”

Carrasco chairs the city council’s Transportation and Environment Committee and sits on the Rules and Open Government and the Public Safety, Finance and Strategic Support committees, according to the office of the mayor.

Carrasco said in a statement:

“I am honored that Mayor Liccardo has nominated me as the new vice mayor of the great city of San Jose.”

Carrasco also co-chaired the working group that helped develop Liccardo’s after-school educational program, SJ Learns.

Carrasco said:

“The mayor and I have a shared vision for San Jose, one that believes it is our goal as leaders to ensure the rising tide lifts all boats…As the daughter of hardworking immigrants who found the American dream, I’m honored to have an opportunity to serve this incredible city and to bring this dream to all San Jose residents.”

If city council confirms Carrasco as vice mayor at its meeting on Tuesday, her appointment will take effect immediately until Dec. 31, 2018, coinciding with the final two years of Liccardo’s term.