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Midge Costanza, former aide to President Carter, dies of cancer at 77

March 23, 2010 |  5:11 pm

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Midge Costanza, a White House aide to President Jimmy Carter and longtime leader in issues involving women and the elderly, has died of cancer, San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis announced Tuesday. She was 77.

Costanza had joined Dumanis' staff in 2005, specializing in campaigns against elder abuse. She was also active at San Diego State University in preparing candidates to run for office.

Costanza was a member of the Rochester (N.Y.) City Council in the 1970s and later an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. During that race, she met Carter and the two became fast friends. In 1977 he named her as a public liaison to youth, the elderly, minorities, women and gays and lesbians.

She moved to San Diego in 1990 and was active in liberal candidacies and issues.

She is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is being planned in San Diego.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Midge Costanza. Credit: San Diego County District Attorney's Office

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