Four more years for Bemrich

Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich won a second term Tuesday in the first uncontested mayoral race in recent history.

Bemrich won 2,848 votes or 96.12 percent.

”I was very honored that the community was pleased enough with my service that there was no push to get another candidate into the race,” he said.

Bemrich was elected mayor in 2009 after serving one term as an at-large member of the council.

He said his goals for a second term include advancing the crosstown connector project, which will make First Avenue South a two-way street for its entire length.

”As I’ve said all along, the crosstown connector is a bigger project that transcends me or any City Council,” he said. ”I always have believed it would move forward. Now I believe it will move forward as it was first envisioned.”

Bemrich said he will also continue to work on big ticket road, water and sewer projects that in the language of local government are known as capital improvements.

He added that the 10-year anniversary of the city’ strategic plan called Envision 2030 will occur during his second term in office. he said he looks forward to helping facilitate a new look at the document.