Judy McCarty. Courtesy photo

Funeral services will be held next week for former San Diego City Councilwoman Judy McCarty, who served more than 15 years on the council.

McCarty died Monday after a lengthy illness. She was 78.

“San Diego lost a true public servant with the passing of Judy McCarty,” said current District 7 City Councilman Scott Sherman in a post on Twitter. “She did so much for our city and local District 7 communities. A sad day for our city.”

McCarty was inaugurated as the District 7 City Councilwoman in 1985 and served three more terms for a total of 15 years. During her time on the council, McCarty played an active role in expanding and enhancing the amenities in Mission Trails Regional Park. The park is now the largest municipally-owned park in the state and the sixth-largest such park in the country.

“As an aspiring poli-sci professional at (San Diego State), former City Councilmember Judy McCarty served as a great inspiration for me,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a tweet. “She was a voice for the community, an advocate for change and a true trailblazer for women in San Diego politics.”

After leaving the technically nonpartisan council, McCarty stayed active in the local Republican Party. She also welcomed various politicians and public figures to San Diego, including former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, former Second Lady Marilyn Quayle and Jack Kemp, Bob Dole’s running mate in the 1996 presidential election.

McCarty is survived by her husband Curt, son Dwight, daughter Kate Mount and five grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. March 16 at the San Carlos United Methodist Church, 6554 Cowles Mountain Blvd.

— City News Service

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