Politics & Government

Council Place 2 seat faces possible runoff in Smiths Station election

Morris Jackson
Morris Jackson

Morris Jackson, a longtime member of the Smiths Stations City Council, must wait for a count of provisional ballots in the Place 2 race on Tuesday to avoid a runoff while two members won contested races in municipal elections.

In unofficial results, Jackson collected 380, or 50 percent, Adam Littleton, 316, or 42 percent, and Davin Bostic had 64, or 8 percent, in the three-way field.

Facing opposition for the first time after three terms in Place 4, Richard (Rick) Cooley won a close race with 404, or 56 percent, of vote over Diane Holman Stein who collected 340, or 46 percent.

Richard “Dick” Key polled 406, or 54 percent, while Mike Kane had 350, or 46 percent, of the vote in a close race.

Final results of the race for mayor was F.L. “Bubba” Copeland taking 569, or 73 percent, of the vote over businessman John “Buster” Bessant with 206, or 27 percent.

Scott Johnson, an assistant in the city clerk’s office, said the Place 2 vote for Jackson now sits at 50 percent.

“Right now, that one is in runoff mode,” Johnson said of the race with Jackson, Littleton and Bostic. At least 36 provisional ballots were placed in that race but it’s unknown how many will be sent for the count.

The votes will be counted at noon Tuesday during a City Council meeting.

Three of the five council seats faced opposition. With no opposition for his first three terms, Cooley said there was a lot of interest in City Council. Although he didn’t knock on a lot of doors, Cooley admits to becoming a little complacent.

“I kind of thought it was right to have a good, close race in the sense that it sparked a lot of interest in the community and in council positions,” he said. “After several years of running and not being challenged, you wonder if anybody is interested. The fact that you had somebody running this time, I look at it as a very positive thing.”

During the next term, Cooley said there are several issues in which the council should see some results.

“When you get into municipal, county and state government, the wheels don’t turn as fast as people want them to,” he said. “They don’t turn as fast as I want them to.”

Many of the streets are named Lee Road, a system the council wants to change.

“There’s been a lot of interest in us doing that,” Cooley said. “That is a long, lengthy project.”