BISMARCK-Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary announced Monday plans to run for re-election in 2018.
"There is a lot of work that needs to be done ... work that's already been put into play," Seminary said. "And I'm not one to walk away from work that I've started."
Among those projects is the Mayors' Gold Star Community Task Force, Bismarck's Special Assessment and Infrastructure task forces and the DisruptWell Technology Summit, he said.
Providing shelter for the homeless in the community was also addressed.
"It will take more investments," Seminary said. "We are in a crisis, and there are no easy answers. We can't just tell them (the homeless) to take a bus and go home."
About 75 people gathered in the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce's conference room to learn of Seminary's intentions for next year's election.
Seminary, who was first elected in 2008 to serve on the city commission, then ran unchallenged for mayor in 2014, said he hopes others throw their hat in the ring for city mayor.
"I sure hope someone runs," he said. "I welcome the opportunity to compare their accomplishments versus mine, to compare their vision against mine and to debate them."
Seminary admits that not everyone is a fan.
"I love the people I serve, even the ones that don't like me," he said. "We all make mistakes. I've made mistakes. I correct them and fess up to them."
The decision to run for re-election was a family decision, Seminary said.
"My wife and my daughters have been my biggest support. We make decisions as a family," he said. "My daughter actually just sent me this text, 'Good luck, Dad. You're smart, you're driven, you're passionate. I love you. I'm inspired by you.'"
"He has a lot of things he wants to accomplish yet. The Mayors' Gold Star Community Task Force and DisruptWell are important for the city, and he wants to see those through," said Deb Seminary, the mayor's wife. "I'm excited for him."
The election for Bismarck mayor will take place in June of 2018.