Tuesday night in Hope saw the unusual sight of a packed downtown Hope, where both local Republican and Democratic watch parties had convened on Main Street, but it was the Party Room of the GOP was cheering loudest as they celebrated victories in most of the local and regional offices.

Tuesday night in Hope saw the unusual sight of a packed downtown Hope, where both local Republican and Democratic watch parties had convened on Main Street, but it was the Party Room of the GOP was cheering loudest as they celebrated victories in most of the local and regional offices.
In the biggest race in the region, Republican candidate Danny Watson defeated Democratic incumbent Brent Talley. Watson said he looks forward to serving the district. He said he wants to engage in economic development in southwest Arkansas.
"I also want to work on affordable healthcare and fight for the ones who cannot fend for themselves," he said.
Watson said he looks forward to working with committees to improve schools, as well as improve roads and infrastructure in southwest Arkansas.
Ousted incumbent Brent Talley said he wanted to thank district 3, which also included Nevada County, for allowing him to serve for the past two terms and be a "common sense voice". He wished Watson the best of luck.
Republican David Clayton won against incumbent Ronnie Kidd for District 8 Justice of the Peace.
Clayton said he is thankful for the support from his district and allowing him to serve.
"I definitely want to focus on developing the local economy and getting jobs to the area," Clayton said.
He said he wants to focus on furthering economic development in the county and working with surrounding areas.    
Republican Karen Smith will succeed Hempstead County Clerk Sandra Rogers. Smith faced Democratic competitor Eva Morehead. Smith said she wants to focus on updating the files in the clerk's office.
"I want to work on the process of computerizing the documents. Right now you have to look through big red books to find documents. By computerizing, this will be more efficient,” Smith said.
Smith, the now outgoing Deputy Treasurer, said the treasurer's office and clerk's office work close together, and she would like to improve communication between the two.
Morehead, who ran as a Democrat, congratulated Smith on her win. Morehead said this was her first race, and she enjoyed meeting with people throughout the county.
Hope saw two contested city board races for Wards 2 and 5.
Hope City Board, Ward 2 incumbent Kiffany Talley won against challenger Joseph Kopecky.  Tally was appointed to the city board in 2013. She said this was her first official election.
She said she enjoyed going out and listening to the concerns of Hope citizens. She will continue to work with the city to address the dilapidated buildings downtown and the dilapidated houses in Hope.
Kopecky said he wished Talley the best of luck and congratulations. He said he will continue to take part in city government and continue to do his part to better the city.
Trevor Coffee was elected to the Hope City Board for Ward 5. He defeated businesswoman Sharon Caldwell.
"I am proud to join the leadership of the city where I have grown up," Coffee said.
He said he is ready to move the city forward. He will succeed longtime board member Dennis Ramsey.  
"Trevor and I agreed it would be a win-win either way," Caldwell said.
She said they both want to make the city better a better place to live in.