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Former McDonough colleagues battle for mayor’s office
by Christine Fonville
October 03, 2013 01:48 PM | 1543 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McDonough residents can start voting Oct. 14, when they will find mayoral candidates Billy Copeland and Wayne Smith on their ballots.

Incumbent Copeland, 80, is a McDonough native and has been mayor since 2005.

During his time in office, according to his official biography, he brought free Wi-Fi to the downtown area, helped the Atlanta Regional Commission establish a workforce center and started a veteran’s information and referral office.

Repeated attempts to contact the candidate were unsuccessful but in on the city website, Copeland said he and the city council, “will identify and develop opportunities for education, training, and health wellness.”

Under “current projects” he lists continued work with the Georgia Board of Regents, Clayton State University and Gordon College “to establish a higher education system in the community.”

Copeland was employed with Norfolk Southern Railway for 35 years and he and his wife, Gloria, have two children.

His opponent, Wayne Smith, 56, who vacated his eight-year term on the city council to run for mayor, said his reputation for hard work and consistency makes him a strong leader.

“While respecting our past, it is time to intentionally work to build a better future and we need new attitudes and new actions to better our city,” he said.

“If I am elected, I will build partnerships at local, regional and state levels to aid our community.”

He said his platform includes addressing transportation issues with the Georgia Department of Transportation and building a more vibrant downtown area.

Smith is the owner of D.W. Smith Design Group on the McDonough Square and he and his wife, Becky, have two children.

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