Within the city limits of Hope, resident voters will have an opportunity to go to the polls next week to determine the future governance of the city. The proposition will be the only item Hope voters see on Tuesday.

Within the city limits of Hope, resident voters will have an opportunity to go to the polls next week to determine the future governance of the city. The proposition will be the only item Hope voters see on Tuesday.
Exclusively at the Hope’s Fair Park Coliseum on Tuesday, City of Hope voters will decide a proposition to change the city’s form of government from its current Board of Director/City Manager configuration to an elected Mayor/City Council form.
A total of seven voting machines will be set up at the coliseum, and voting time Tuesday is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The special election will be in the form of a simple ballot proposition of “For” or “Against” as follows:
"FOR the proposition to organize the City of Hope, Arkansas under the Mayor-Council form of government, “ or "AGAINST the proposition to organize the City of Hope, Arkansas under the Mayor-Council form of government."
In recent weeks, the pending Hope election has been the subject of much discussion on social media, and several “Letters to the Editor” within the Hope Star.
Early voting started earlier this week at the Hempstead County Courthouse in the County Clerk’s office, which reported 21 early voters prior to the July 4 holiday. Early voting also happened Thursday and Friday as this edition of the Hope Star was preparing for press and being distributed, but early voting will also be available on Monday, July 9 in the County Clerk’s office during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If the voters of Hope approve the change, then city voters will then face another pending election for a new Mayor and new City Council members as well as other citywide officers like City Attorney and City Clerk.
If the voters of Hope decline the change, then three seats on the City’s Board of Directors were already up for re-election in 2018, including in Ward 1, currently held by Mark Ross; Ward 6 currently held by Don Still, and Ward 7, currently held by Steve Montgomery.
Montgomery was appointed Mayor, and Still, the Vice-Mayor, on January 3, 2017 by a vote of the seven Hope City Board of Directors. The Mayor’s position in Hope is not currently an elected one.
The other Hope City Board of Directors are Ward 2 Kiffinea Talley, Ward 3 Reginald Easter, Ward 4 Don Hall, and Ward 5 Trevor Coffee.
Talley was re-elected in the last election cycle in 2016 over challenger Jay Kopecky.  Coffee emerged over Sharon Caldwell, also in 2016, for an open seat with the retirement of Dennis Ramsey, and within the same cycle, Easter assumed the open seat with no challengers left by the retirement of Willie Walker.
Hall has served consecutive terms in Ward 4 since 2002, when he succeeded the then-retired J.C. Winemiller.