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Deborah Long

Deborah LongDeborah (Debbie) H. Long of Lexington has spent more than 40 years in the food service industry. Following graduation from the University of Kentucky, Long spent eight years in Colorado. In 1981, she moved back to Kentucky and opened Dudley’s Restaurant, which she continues to own and operate today. Long has won numerous awards including 2001 Woman Business Owner of the Year; 2009 Smiley Pete Award; 1997 Kentucky Restaurant Association’s President Plate Award; 2006 Blue Plate Award-Restaurateur of the Year by Plate magazine; and South’s Best Restaurants By State by Southern Living magazine.

Long is a member of the advisory boards of Ashland-The Henry Clay Estate and Sullivan College along with being a member of the Rural Land Management Board of Fayette County. Her term ends in 2023.