Bismarck – Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary says he is not going anywhere after efforts to recall him from office.
On Tuesday, petitioners submitted enough signatures to force a recall election. Thursday, Seminary responded to his critics. He said this will not change the way he goes about business. Although he expressed concerns about how expensive this process could be. He said it could cost the city $50,000.
“You have no idea how disruptive this is. Somebody now has to stop doing what they’re doing serving the residents to go through petitions when there is going to be an election in about a year. So somebody’s going to stop doing what they’re doing and we’re going to have to pay for that,” Seminary said.
When asked to respond to the criticism from some of the petitioners, he said he welcomes the input but does not quite understand all of it.
“Some of their concerns are so convoluted, i don’t quite understand some of them. I don’t know that any one of them have ever asked to sit down with me. I can’t think of one time that that has happened,” Seminary said.
If the signatures are verified, the city must have a recall election between 95 and 105 days later.