By Robert Haugh
According to multiple sources, former Santa Clara Mayor and City Councilmember Patty Mahan passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2023.
Mahan was one of the Mission City’s best known and longest serving elected officials.
She was elected to the City Council in 1994, 1998, and 2016.
She was elected Mayor in 2006 and 2010, defeating John McLemore twice.
She served as Santa Clara’s Mayor when the 49er Stadium campaign won at the ballot box in 2010. She was a leading advocate for the stadium.
Mahan resigned from her City Council seat in 2020 due to health issues.
During her career, she also had some set backs.
Mahan lost her election for the Board of Supervisors in 2006 to Ken Yeager.
She was also found to have violated the City’s Lobbyist ordinance in 2016 while running for City Council.