Bemrich to seek re-election

Matt Bemrich will seek a second term as mayor of Fort Dodge.

Bemrich filed his nominating petitions at the Fort Dodge City Clerk’s office Monday.

If re-elected on Nov. 5, Bemrich said he looks forward to the opportunity to keep moving the city forward.

“I’m excited to continue the economic progress we’ve made in Fort Dodge,” he said.

In particular, Bemrich said he wants the city to continue to develop new and improved housing.

Bemrich also said he hopes the city will focus on the start of the crosstown connector project, which would turn First Avenue South into a two-way street all the way through Fort Dodge and join First and Second avenues south between Fifth and Sixth streets. After that link was completed, part of Second Avenue South east of Fifth Street would be removed to create space for future development.

The project, which would be partially funded by state grant money, has been opposed by some members of the city council.

As of Monday, Bemrich is the first and only candidate to file for the office of mayor.

Unlike four years ago, Bemrich eschewed a formal event to kick off his candidacy.

That year, Bemrich announced his intentions to run during a public event held on the steps of the Fort Dodge Municipal Building.

Bemrich has served in the city government since 2005, when he was elected to an at-large seat on the city council.

A native of Fort Dodge, Bemrich, an electrician with Bemrich Electric & Data Communications, is a graduate of St. Edmond High School and was a founding member of the Fort Dodge Young Professionals.