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Bentley, Denise

(born: 1964) 

Denise Bentley, from Louisville, KY, was the first African American woman to be elected President of the Louisville Board of Aldermen in 2002. Bentley had been a mortician in California for 10 years prior to returning to Louisville. She served as Alderman of the 9th Ward, West End, in Louisville for eight years, 1997-2005. Bentley resigned from the council to serve as the liaison between the Louisville Metro and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government councils, a position within Governor Fletcher's administration. For more see J. Bruggers, "Bentley scores landslide over 2 Democratic foes," Courier-Journal (Louisville), 05/29/02, News section, p. 05A; SR50; and "Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Louisville Metro Council Woman," a Electronic Archives Press Release, 02/23/05.

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