Shaun Sipma speaks on why he's running for mayor of Minot

MINOT, N.D. - Just a day after Minot Mayor Chuck Barney said he would not seek re-election next year, a Minot alderman has thrown his name in.

Shaun Sipma formally announced his intentions to run Wednesday morning.

Sipma first joined the Minot City Council last summer during the #Make Minot movement that shrunk the council down to six members, but he's been involved in the community for a number of years, between working in television news and selling insurance.

He says he consulted with Barney before making his decision.

“I sat down with Chuck a number of weeks ago, and we honestly took a look at all of the different obligations and that helped me come to my conclusion in terms of is this something functionally feasible, given the obligations that go along with it,” said Sipma.

Sipma says that, as he gets into campaigning over the next year, his main focus will be on improving the image of Minot government to the public, and continuing to push for flood protection for the city.

“We have to take a look at flood control, because of just the economics of it, it's such a wide-spanning issue that is more than just floodwalls and dirt, but the economics between our housing market financially to the valley, and to the hills themselves,” he said.

Sipma is also very involved with the group "Farm Rescue" that helps farmers in times of disaster or illness.