A man with roots in southwest Arkansas, including a stint as Asst. Hope City Manager in the late 1990s, is seeking higher office in 2018, filing as a candidate for the Arkansas Supreme Court.

A man with roots in southwest Arkansas, including a stint as Asst. Hope City Manager in the late 1990s, is seeking higher office in 2018, filing as a candidate for the Arkansas Supreme Court.
David Sterling, who currently serves as Chief Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, worked for the City of Hope in 1997-98 as Asst. City Manager shortly after graduating from UALR with a dual credentials in Law and Masters of Public Administration.
Hope City Manager Catherine Cook recalled Sterling, saying “He was well-qualified, and he did a good job while he was with us. He was a very smart guy, and I hated to see him leave.”
Cook said that at some point, Sterling decided to focus more his legal career, instead of city management.
“He had a lovely family, and he grew up in Texarkana. I was sad to see him leave, but I am not surprised that he has continued in public service and seeking higher office,” Cook said.
Sterling’s wife, Deeni, was a nurse in Texarkana; they have been married for 26 years and have a 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Anne.  Over the past few years, Sterling has called Little Rock home.
Just a few years ago, Sterling was a GOP primary challenger to now-Attorney General Leslie Rutledge; both were in Hope during the Hempstead County Republican Lincoln Dinner on February 19.  Rutledge herself is up for reelection in 2018, but as of the Hope Star’s press time Tuesday, she had no announced opponent.
Seeking Position 3 as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, Position 3, Sterling will seek to unseat a current Justice, Courtney Goodson.
In a prepared statement for the Hope Star, Sterling said, “I am a lifelong Arkansan, have been married for 26 years and I've been practicing law in Arkansas for over 20 years. Three years ago I was given the opportunity to serve my state when Governor Hutchinson appointed me to serve as Chief Legal Counsel for the largest state agency, DHS. I want to continue to use my experience and skills to benefit Arkansans by serving on the state's highest court."
Within the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Sterling supervises about 75 attorneys scattered across the state and has primary responsibility for the largest legal department of Arkansas state government.