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District 5
Term of Office
 January 5, 2015 - January 7, 2019                   

Denise, a native Californian, grew up in Southern California. After graduating from UCLA with a B.S. in Engineering and an emphasis in structural engineering, she went to work for Texaco Inc. at their Wilmington refinery. She progressed through the engineering ranks and then was given the opportunity to cross train in supply, distribution, and marketing. The opportunity rose to farm a piece of her husband’s family ranch in Colusa. Denise, her husband, and their two small children moved to Colusa County in 1993 and founded Benden Farms.

Denise is co-owner of Benden Farms with her husband, Ben Carter. Benden Farms is a diversified farming operation along the Sacramento River, north of Colusa. The business farms approximately 3,000 acres of organic rice, organic dry beans, wheat, vegetable seed, prunes, and walnuts. Her responsibilities include general management and marketing.

Community Involvement
 Denise J. Carter
Denise J. Carter
District 5

Ph: (530) 458-0508
Denise has been involved with both the Colusa Glenn Subwatershed Program Board of Directors and California Certified Organic Farmers North Valley Chapter President. She is involved with the St. Stephens Episcopal Church after-school program and the Colusa County Garden Club, and has been the second vice president of the Colusa County Farm Bureau, a 4-H leader and active school volunteer.

Denise and Ben live on the farm, north of Colusa. They have two children - Brian and Kendra.

Committee, Commission, Board & District Voting Member Assignments

  • California State Association of Counties (CSAC)              
  • CSAC Excess Insurance Authority (CSAC-EIA)
  • Children and Families Commission/First 5
  • Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee
  • Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
  • Local Transit Agency & Transportation Commission
  • National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWMP)
  • Sacramento Valley Basin Wide Air Pollution Control Council
  • Sierra Sacramento EMS
  • Trindel
  • Airport Advisory Committee
  • Colusa City Council Liaison
  • Colusa County Farm Show Committee – Fair Board