Lee County attorney Samantha Copelan has announced she will seek the upcoming vacant seat on the Lee County District Court.

“I am incredibly thankful for the support and encouragement I have received from friends and colleagues,” Copelan said. “It’s great to officially get the campaign kicked off. I’m eager to start talking with voters about why I’m running to be our county’s next district judge.”

Copelan was born and raised in Lee County. She graduated from Beauregard High School and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University. Her interest in the legal profession began when she interned for the Honorable Jacob Walker, III while attending Auburn University. She went on to graduate with her juris doctorate from Thomas G. Jones School of Law.

Copelan has a broad range of experience in many areas of law including prosecution of criminal offenses, misdemeanor and felony criminal defense, juvenile law, family law and probate matters. She assisted in the creation of the Lee County Drug Court, served as defense attorney for the Lee County Child Support Court and prosecutor for the city of Auburn. In 2022, she opened her own law practice to serve the Lee County area.

She is married to Ed Copelan and they have two children. Her family enjoys attending church activities and athletic events. They are members at First Baptist Church of Opelika.

The Republican Primary Election is scheduled for March 5, 2024.