Nancy Denson

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Nancy Denson is a politician and mayor of Athens, Georgia in the United States. First elected mayor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, Denson has been in public service since 1980 starting as an Athens City Council member.


Nancy Denson was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the third child out of seven. She later married Bob Denson and moved to Athens in 1966. She attended the University of Georgia (UGA) where she obtained a BBA degree. She also earned a certificate in public management from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, also part of UGA.[1]

Political career[edit]

Athens City Council member[edit]

Denson was elected as a council member in the Athens City Council in 1980; she was the first woman to do so. She served as the president of the 10th District and was a member of all the committees in the council.

Clarke County Tax Commissioner[edit]

In 1985, Denson became the tax commissioner for Clarke County. In 1990, the city of Athens and Clarke County consolidated to create the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. Denson continued to serve as the tax commissioner for the unified government, and she held this position for 25 years.


The nonpartisan 2010 General Election was held on November 2, 2010, and Nancy Denson beat both 20-year-old UGA student Glenn Stegall and former mayor of Athens Gwen O'Looney and was elected mayor of Athens-Clarke County.

Athens-Clarke County mayoral election, 2010
Candidate Votes %
Nancy Denson 8,929 34.0
Gwen O'Looney 6,091 23.2
Spencer Frye 5,498 21.0
Charlie M. Maddox 4,741 18.1
Glenn Stegall 967 3.7
Source: Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "". News and Information about Nancy Denson, Mayor of Athens, GA
  2. ^ "General Election Official Results". Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections. December 2, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Heidi Davison
Mayor of Athens-Clarke County