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Abramson Tops List of City's Most Powerful

Tuesday January 14, 2003

When it comes to ranking the most powerful people in our new community, Louisville Magazine contends that nobody compares with new Mayor Jerry Abramson.

In its January 2003 issue, Louisville Magazine ranked “The Top 50 Most Powerful People in Louisville,” based on voting by alumni of Leadership Louisville. Abramson received 225 more votes than the runner-up and more than twice as many first-place votes. “Now, as the mayor of a newly consolidated city-county government, his power in the local political arena is, literally, unrivaled,” the magazine said of Abramson.

“It’s always nice to be recognized in the community for doing a job that you love,” Abramson said. “It’s a testament to the excitement in the community about our new merged government. Now, though, the challenge is working on things that make a positive difference in the lives of the 700,000 people we serve in our new government.” Louisville Magazine did similar rankings in 1994 and 1996. Both times,

Abramson finished in the Top Two in the rankings. Several other local government officials also showed up in the power rankings.
Deputy Mayor William Summers IV was No. 36 in the rankings and No. 5 in a ranking of the most powerful African-Americans. And Deputy Mayor Joan Riehm was No. 6 in a ranking of the community’s most powerful women.

First District Metro Council member Denise Bentley also scored on the list of most powerful women. Sixth District Metro Council member George Unseld made the list of most powerful African-Americans.

District 26 Metro Council member Ellen Call was cited on a ranking of most powerful people under 45 and District 18 Metro Council member Julie Raque Adams was named one of “25 For Louisville’s Future.”