Mayoral candidate withdraws

A candidate for the position of mayor of Minot, Nancy Bommelman, has announced that she is withdrawing from the race. Bommelman cited family reasons for stepping away from the political contest.

“Something has happened in my family that I can’t run,” Bommelman told the Minot Daily News late Monday. “I can’t run for mayor. I can’t. I wish I could but I can’t run. I’m sorry.”

Bommelman’s withdrawl leaves Shawn Sipma and Tim Mihalik as the remaining two candidates on the ballot to replace outgoing mayor Chuck Barney. Barney had previously announced he would not be seeking another term as city leader.

Bommelman said she thought she could make a good run at the mayor’s position and that she holds no ill will toward anybody involved in the campaigns.

“I want to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart,” said Bommelman. “But there’s nothing I can do to control this. Maybe next time.”

The former candidate said she was not endorsing either of the remaining mayoral candidates but, instead, wished both of them the best of luck.

“I think they are both good men,” said Bommelman. “I don’t know them personally. I hope it can work out for the best.”

Minot’s election is set for Tuesday, June 12. Bommelman’s name will remain on the ballot even though she has discontinued her campaign.