City Council

Jasmine Gore

Jasmine Gore
Mayor, Ward 4
INFO
jgore@hopewellva.gov

Patience Bennett

Patience Bennett
Vice Mayor, Ward 7
INFO
pbennett@hopewellva.gov

Deb Randolph

Deborah Randolph
Ward 1
INFO
drandolph@hopewellva.gov

Arlene Holloway

Arlene Holloway
Ward 2
INFO
aholloway@hopewellva.gov

 
 

The City of Hopewell is divided into seven wards, each having a representative on City Council. Each City Councilor serves a four-year term. Elections are held in  November for each ward every four years. Councilors’ terms run from January 1st of their election year to December 31st four years later. On the first Tuesday in January following an election, City Council holds a reorganization meeting where it votes and appoints a new Mayor and Vice Mayor. Each official serves a two-year term until the next Council election, when another reorganization meeting is held.

Structure of our local government

The City of Hopewell operates under a Council-Manager form of government. This form of government is also known as the “Small Mayor form of government.” Council-Manager government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager or administrator. All power and authority to set policy rests with an elected governing body, which includes a mayor or chairperson and members of the council, commission, or board. The governing body in turn hires a nonpartisan manager who has very broad authority to run the organization.

Subsequent to this form of government, the City of Hopewell is divided into seven wards, each having a representative on City Council. Each City Councilor serves a four-year term. Elections are held in November for each ward every four years. Councilors’ terms run from January 1st of their election year to December 31st four years later. On the first Tuesday in January following an election, City Council holds a reorganization meeting where it votes and appoints a new Mayor and Vice Mayor. Each official serves a two-year term until the next Council election, when another reorganization meeting is held. The Council- Appointed Mayor and Vice Mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, and perform such other duties consistent with his office as may be imposed by the council. All members of City Council, to include the Mayor and Vice Mayor shall be entitled to a vote, but shall possess no veto power.

If you would like to contact your City Councilor but do not know which ward you live in, call the City Clerk’s Office at (804) 541-2408, or e-mail cmbrown@hopewellva.gov.  Provide your street address and the City will respond with your ward number, and provide you with information on how to contact your City Councilor.

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