Representing San Diego

Carmel Valley resident Carolyn Marie Kirner-Schmidt recently earned the title of Mrs. San Diego 2016. Carolyn is a San Diegan through and through – she was born and raised in San Diego, her father played for the Chargers in 1962, and she and her husband enjoy all that the city has to offer every day. “We love the restaurants, the museums, the beaches,” she said. “We think San Diego is the best city ever.” Though her crowning was fairly recent, Carolyn has already been involved in a number of community events and activities, which she says is her favorite thing about her title. “What I like the best is the fact that I am invited to events where I can volunteer for worthy causes and bring publicity to them.”

Aside from her duties as Mrs. San Diego, Carolyn has a variety of hobbies and interests. She is a practicing attorney, a mom to three children, and a new grandmother. She enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, attending baseball games with her husband, and dancing on her country western line dance team. She also loves living in Carmel Valley, where her family has been active in the community for years; her sons participated in Del Mar Little League and Boy Scouts, while her daughter was in Torrey Pines Pop Warner Cheerleading and Girl Scouts.

Carolyn will compete in the Mrs. California Pageant in Palm Springs in June 2017, where contestants are judged on their evening gown, swimsuit, and personal interview. If she is crowned Mrs. California, she will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Mrs. America and then Mrs. World. To learn more and support Carolyn go to