Early voting to choose the next mayor of Hamburg has begun and will continue into next week.

Election Day voting will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 8.

Until then, early voting for the special mayoral election will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clerk of Court’s office in the Ashley County Courthouse this week through June 4. The final day to early vote will be next Monday, June 7.

Keith Long and David Streeter have been campaigning for the office. The Hamburg City Council called the special election after Mayor Dane Weindorf died earlier this year. Since then, City Clerk Peggy Akers has been serving as acting mayor.

The candidate who claims the most votes will hold the office through Dec. 31, 2022, but could serve longer at the will of the voters because they will be eligible for re-election.

A third candidate, Glen Lawson, had qualified for the race, but later withdrew, citing personal reasons.

Long’s professional background is in the manufacturing industry. He worked for both Georgia Pacific and Alrez before beginning his current role as an advanced manufacturing instructor at The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s College of Technology-Crossest (UAM-CTC).

Streeter has spent the majority of his professional career in education, with 10 years spent at Hamburg High School as a teacher and 16 additional years in educational leadership positions. 

He is currently the Director of Student Services and Affairs at UAM-CTC.

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