Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich announced his candidacy for a fourth term on Tuesday, citing his desire to continue working on projects that benefit the community.
“I think there are projects I’ve been involved in that have just started and I want to keep going down the path to see that progress,” he said.
Bemrich named the renovation of the Crossroads Mall and the commissioning of a municipal broadband provider as two of these projects. He said these would be his top priorities for another term.
But he said those were just two of the things he was involved in as mayor. He said there had been major investments in infrastructure, parks, quality of life initiatives, and job creation and maintenance during his tenure.
âI think I’ve worked pretty hard over the past 12 years,â said Bemrich. âWe have done a lot in the past 12 years. Many of these things needed attention and haven’t gotten them in the past. “
If Bemrich wins a fourth four-year term, he will become the longest-serving mayor in Fort Dodge history.
Albert Habhab, who was mayor for 14 years from 1960 to 1974, holds this award today.
Fort Dodge voters will elect a mayor, two council members, and all four community representatives on the council.
So far, Bemrich is the only one who has declared his candidacy.
He began his career in local government by serving on a body that recommended moving from a strong mayoral government to the current form of city government. This change was approved by voters in a 2005 referendum.
In November of the same year, Bemrich was elected as a full member of the council for a four-year term.
He was elected mayor in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
He is the project manager and co-owner of Bemrich Electric & Telephone.
Bemrich is from Fort Dodge and graduated from St. Edmond High School. He attended Iowa Central Community College and then graduated from the Iowa Electrical Apprenticeship Training Center in Des Moines. He has earned his appointment as a master electrician.
He and his wife Michelle have three sons.