Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary plans to announce his intentions for the 2018 mayoral election at 2 p.m. today at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, 1640 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck.

Seminary survived an attempt to hold a recall election when a petition was rejected for invalid signatures earlier this year by city staff.

He has been embroiled in issues surrounding TIF districts and Renaissance Zones. A downtown Renaissance Zone was extended in July by five years.

"We don't get a lot from the state Legislature in terms of tools to use," Seminary said at that time. "When they give us these opportunities, we need to make sure we use them well. And Bismarck has done a phenomenal job of using them well."

With mayors in Mandan and Lincoln, he created the Mayors' Gold Star Community Task Force this year with the aim of addressing the challenges in behavioral health and addiction.

Seminary, who moved to Bismarck in 1985 to run Capital City Communications, was elected to the Bismarck City Commission in 2008. Subsequently, he worked for Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson Inc. as marketing director.

Seminary has served on the board of directors for United Way and the YMCA.

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