Also a Southsider, Carrasco was elected 53-5 against State Rep. John Jacob in the first round of voting during the caucus Wednesday at the Atrium Banquet and Conference Center. She is to fill Sandlin’s term that runs through 2024; she plans to run in next year’s primary and general elections for the same post. She challenged but was defeated by Democrat incumbent county prosecutor Ryan Means in the 2022 General Election.
Sandlin, 72, passed away Sept. 20 after being first elected to Senate District 36 after serving on the Indianapolis City-County Council and Perry Township Trustee. He advocated for law enforcement as a senator in the General Assembly.
Carrasco vowed to follow his legacy Wednesday night with Sandlin’s widow Lydia in the audience.
District 36 includes most of Perry Township and portions of Pleasant and White River Townships in Johnson County.
Carrasco and her family live on the Southside and attend Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi in Greenwood.
She currently serves as vice president and general counsel of the University of Indianapolis. She has served as state inspector general and executive director of the State Ethics Commission.
Carrasco is expected to be sworn into the Senate early next month.