Sen. Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach), marking Woman's History Month, selected a Newport-Mesa school board member as Woman of the Year on Wednesday.
"I am pleased to recognize Judy Franco as the 35th Senate District Woman of the Year," he said in a prepared statement. "It is also fitting that Judy would be selected during Woman's History Month because this year's theme is 'Woman's Education — Woman's Empowerment.'"
"I'm very honored to have been selected by Sen. Harman," Franco said.
Franco, a Newport Beach resident since 1967, has served on the school board for 32 years.
Harman will give her the award at a ceremony in April.
His district includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley.
— Jamie Rowe