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Copeland again elected as McDonough Mayor

Mayor Billy Copeland

Mayor Billy Copeland

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Mayor Copeland visits with supporters at campaign headquarters. (Staff Photo: Jim Zachary

McDONOUGH — Mayor Billy Copeland, one of the longest-serving mayors in Georgia, will remain McDonough’s mayor with 67.77 percent of the total vote.

Copeland received 1,041 votes, while challenger Wayne Smith received 488.

Copeland said late Tuesday, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the voters.”

He said he was pleased with how clean the campaign had been and spoke very highly of Smith saying, “He is a wonderful individual and good friend.”

Copeland said, “I believe McDonough is the north side of the south side and I am looking for a better tomorrow for McDonough the next four years.”

The mayor called his wife Gloria his “secret weapon” in the campaign because of her energy.

The Copelands have been married 58 years.

While the mayor’s seat is unchanged, the complexion of the city council will change. Craig Elrod will assume the seat vacated by Smith in his bid for mayor.

Elrod carried 48 percent of the vote in a field of three, garnering 354 votes to 269 for Gina Riffey and 112 votes cast for Mario Hill. Roger Pruitt edged out Incumbent Rufus Amis. Pruitt garnered 550 votes, compared to 495 for Amis.

IncumbentSandra Vincent defeated Darryl Payton with 191 or 61 percent of votes cast in District 2 and Incumbent Rufus Stewart ran unopposed with 256 complimentary votes in District 1.

All results are unofficial until certified Friday.

Henry Daily Herald Editor Jim Zachary contributed to this story.