Copperas Cove voters Tuesday chose former Chamber of Commerce President Marty Smith to fill the Place 4 seat on the City Council.

The race between Smith and Azeita “Z” Taylor forced voters to choose between two women who have been extremely active in the community — and the election was close.

Smith defeated Taylor by a margin of 675 votes, or 55 percent, to 547 votes, or 45 percent. Smith fills the seat held by Danny Palmer who has been on the council since March 2009 and has reached term limits.

Smith said the top four issues facing Copperas Cove are the high tax rate, lack of new businesses and industry, beautification of Copperas Cove, and updating and extending infrastructure.

“We are on the right path now with new businesses opening their doors each month, and our reliever route becoming a reality. Texas A&M-Central Texas is in operation.

“The medical center at Fort Hood will soon be open, and getting our second runway at our regional airport is definitely moving us closer to a broader tax base with more rooftops and retail,” Smith said. “We can only accomplish this by working together as a team. I am committed to help assure that our chamber of commerce and EDC will continue to have the backing to advertise and promote Copperas Cove.”

Smith said her first order of business will be to get comfortable with the council members, learn as much as possible from them, and determine priorities by listening to her constituents.

Taylor said she will continue her work for the city as the vice chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission and as a member of the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

“I am disappointed,” Taylor said, thanking those who voted for her. “We ran a hell of a race, and I am proud of that.”

Smith will officially become a member of the council later this month.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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