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Hazel Beard

Born: Sep 16, 1930

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Hazel Beard

Date of Birth : Sep 16, 1930

Hazel Beard is the first woman and the first Republican to have served as mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, since the era of Reconstruction. A fiscal conservative, Beard grappled with many economic and social problems during her single term as mayor from 1990-94. Prior to her mayoralty service, Beard was a small business owner and a member of the Shreveport City Council from the southwest portion of the city. She was the first woman to have been chairperson of the city council. Beard entered the mayoral race against three serious opponents, including the African-American dentist C. O. Simpkins, Sr., a Democrat civil rights activist, and two fellow council members, Republican Carolyn Calhoun Whitehurst and Democrat Bill Bush. Bush, a businessman, led in the pre-election polls. Whitehurst, a real estate broker, later Carolyn C. Huckabay, is descended from a prominent DeSoto Parish family: her father, Riemer Calhoun, was a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1944 to 1952. Whitehurst, who represented a southeast Shreveport council district, had the support of The Shreveport Times.


  • Politician
  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur

Also known as

  • Mayor Hazel Beard
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