CARTHAGE, Tenn. — For the past several months, campaign signs for the five candidates running for Mayor of Smith County have dotted the landscape. The results of the much-anticipated mayoral race were announced on August 2, 2018, and it was determined that Jeff Mason will be the next Smith County Mayor.

Jeff Mason is a lifetime Smith County resident. He grew up in South Carthage, and he currently resides in the Plunkett’s Creek community with his wife Amanda and their three children, Maggie, Lou, and Jax Mason. 

According to his initial campaign announcement, Mason was raised to understand the value of hard work, and he is committed to serve the citizens of Smith County. As mayor, he will focus on bringing high-tech, high-pay jobs to the county and strive to continue the path of opportunity and growth that the current administration has established. 

“It’s a good night!” Mason exclaimed in a phone conversation with Smith County Insider soon after the results of the election came in. Mason described the atmosphere of the room where his campaign team received the results as “a mob of happy, orange shirts.”

Mason won the election with a total of 2,409 votes, which amounted to 44.88% of the 5,368 votes cast in the mayoral race.

Upon receiving news of his win, Mason humbly extended his appreciation to the voters of Smith County. He also thanked God, his friends, family, and the people who worked behind the scenes and on the front lines of his campaign. 

“We’re glad to see the fruits of our labor,” Mason said.

Current Smith County Mayor Michael Nesbitt was on the phone to congratulate Mason, and Nesbitt made clear that his door would be open to him anytime he needed advice. “I’ll do everything I can to help make this a smooth transition. I believe you’ll do a good job. I believe your heart’s in a good place,” Mayor Nesbitt told Mason.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m prepared and ready to go to work,” Mason said.

In closing, Mason thanked the voters of Smith County again, and he congratulated his fellow mayoral candidates for the way they conducted their campaigns. Mason also thanked Mayor Nesbitt for his dedication and service to Smith County.

“I look forward to getting started. And I’ll probably see you Monday morning!” Jeff told mayor Nesbitt in closing. 

Mayor Nesbitt will end his 16-year mayoral term on August 31, 2018. Mason will officially step in to the role of Smith County Mayor on September 1, 2018. 

You can listen to Smith County Insider’s phone conversation with Mayor-elect Mason here. You can also learn more about Jeff Mason by reading his campaign announcement.