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

Stafford, Frank

(born: 1934  -  died: 2016) 

Frank Stafford, a retired coal miner, was the mayor of Mortons Gap, KY. In 2016, he had been mayor for 26 years, which is longer than any current mayor in Hopkins County. He was initially an appointed interim mayor in1990, fulfilling the unexpired term of the previous mayor who stepped down due to controversy. Stafford then ran against the previous mayor's brother, in 1991, and was elected [only 4% of Mortons Gap residents are African American]. Stafford was also a pastor at Lively Stone Church in Nortonville, KY. The Frank Stafford Boulevard in Mortons Gap is named in his honor. For more see A. Cross, "Rural Democrats think Obama can win state," Courier-Journal, 06/08/2008, Forum section, p. 3H; and Brittany Harry, "Remembering Frank Stafford, Kentucky's longest running mayor," 14 News [Evansville, IN], October 26, 2016.

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NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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