From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bradford, Billy

(born: 1935) 

In 1998, Billy Bradford became the first African American mayor in Elsmere, KY, as well as the first in northern Kentucky. He has continued to be re-elected, beginning his ninth year as mayor in 2007. For more see B. Driehaus, "Three mayors ousted in local elections," The Kentucky Post, 11/06/2002, News section, p. K12; and K. Eigelbach, "Florence re-elects incumbents - that includes council, mayor," The Kentucky Post, 11/08/2006, News section, p. A9. See also, the Billy Bradford entry on pp.112-113 in The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky edited by P. A. Tenkotte and J. C. Claypool.


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NKAA Source: Kentucky post (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Encyclopedia of northern Kentucky

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“Bradford, Billy,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 13, 2021,

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