From now on, it is Judy Case McNairy.
The Fresno County supervisor earlier this month said she wants to start using her full married name in official county business, but she’s making the change at all other levels, too.
“Seventeen years ago, I married the best guy in the world,” Case McNairy said. “He has been my partner in this whole process. He manages my campaigns. He is my prime advisor.”
Case McNairy has also changed names on her passport and social security cards, but is holding off on her driver’s license until after a coming trip that includes an airplane ride. These days, she noted, it is important that plane ticket and driver’s license names match — and the plane tickets were already bought.
Judy Case McNairy and Fred McNairy married on Valentine’s Day 1997. At the time, she had just been named Sanger’s first female mayor.
The following year, Case McNairy was elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Her seat is up for election this year, but she won’t seek a fifth term.
All this time, she was known as Judy Case. But it seems that, as Case McNairy enters her final year as a supervisor, history started to weigh on her thinking.
She talked about the framed pictures on the Hall of Records’ third floor showing every supervisor stretching back to Fresno County’s founding. Her picture in that historical collection will now have "Judith Case McNairy" underneath it — her maiden and married names.
“It honors my beginning. It honors my present,” she said.