City Council seats up for election in 2024

It is time to start thinking about your passion for city government where you live and getting involved in being a part of Bella Vista’s future.

There are three City Council seats up for election in 2024’s November General Election:

  • Council Member – Ward 1, Position 1
  • Council Member – Ward 2, Position 1
  • Council Member – Ward 3, Position 1

To run for a municipal office, one must be a qualified elector, a U.S. citizen and an Arkansas resident who is registered to vote. He or she must reside in the jurisdiction to be represented. He or she must have never been convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or another infamous crime.

Bella Vista is a City of the First Class and operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The City Council members serve four-year terms and put in place the city’s legislation, codes and budgetary goals that the city’s staff works to uphold.

Council Members typically attend one work session and one regular meeting per month, usually on the third and fourth Mondays of the month, but are also subject to attending special meetings on occasion. Their actions and activities as council members are subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and meetings are open to the public. Their positions are paid an annual stipend but are not eligible for city benefits.

To file, candidates must submit to the Benton County Clerk’s office a petition with no less than 30 signatures from qualified electors within the city in which the candidate intends to represent. Bella Vista candidates are elected at large, meaning the entire population of the city votes for each candidate, regardless of the ward in which the voter lives. Candidates may begin collecting signatures Thursday, May 9.

The 2024 filing period begins at noon Wednesday, July 31 and ends at noon Wednesday, Aug. 7. Early voting for the general election begins Monday, Oct. 21, and General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

For more information on municipal elections, visit https://vote.bentoncountyar.gov/candidates/.