‘Bubba’ Copeland wins Smiths Station mayoral race

Smiths Station mayoral election
Smiths Station mayoral election

F.L. “Bubba” Copeland was named the second mayor of Smiths Station after defeating John “Buster” Bessant Tuesday night by more than a 2 to 1 margin.

“I’m relieved,” Copeland said while celebrating with supporters. “Going door to door and meeting with the people made a difference.”

In unofficial totals, Copeland received 569 votes to Bessant 206. He will fill the seat held by Mayor LaFaye Dellinger, who did not seek re-election and her term ends on Nov. 4.

Copeland, 42, touted his two terms on the Lee County Board of Education while Bessant, a businessman and member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission focused on his ability to look for opportunities for the growing city.

Copeland said the 15-year-old city is ready to blow up with growth in the years ahead. He said his trust among the voters was key in his victory. “People trust me to do a good job,” he said.