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City Election Preview

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Election Day is less than 24 hours away and voters have a lot to consider.

The results from tomorrow's elections could bring about a lot of change for the Capital City and surrounding communities, including a new jail, new commissioners and a new mayor.

On Tuesday, residents will cast their votes for a number of measures that will shape the future. One item making waves is the proposed Home Rule Charter for Burleigh County,which would authorize the commission to impose a half percent sales tax increase to build a $70 million jail.
After two years in the making, some residents say it's a necessary step to keep the community safe.

"My concern is the police not arresting for violent crimes when there is no room in the jail to put them in," says Bismarck resident Diane Zainhofsky. 

"I'd rather have it come out of a half cent sales tax then to have it be charged to property tax there's a lot of people in our jails that are not residents of Burleigh and Morton counties," says Bismarck resident Larry Klemine.

With eight candidates battling for the two open seats on the Bismarck City Commission, it's expected to be a tight race. Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt says it's a higher number than usual.

"I think having a full slate of candidates like that is always good, I think there are some issues that brought people forward to run for city commission and choice is always good," says Glatt.

With three women in the race, Zainhofsky says she's hoping to see a more balanced commission.

"I'm excited. I think we need a woman on this city commission. I'm hoping that will happen. I think we need a balance," says Zainhofsky.

But the race for the mayor of Bismarck is much less suspenseful with only one candidate, Mike Seminary. Klemine says it doesn't bother him that Seminary is unopposed for the position.

"It's a tough job, and it doesn't get a lot of thanks sometimes. I'm glad that Mike Seminary decided to run it if he hadn't, maybe it wouldn't be anyone," says Klemine.

Seminary is currently a Bismarck City Commissioner, once he becomes Mayor his seat will be open, and the commission will decide to either appoint a new commissioner or call a special election.

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