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Michael Duffy wins race for South Beloit mayor

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Duffy said getting the South Beloit police department in order and making the city more appealing were among the top priorities for him in this year's mayoral election. Duffy said getting the South Beloit police department in order and making the city more appealing were among the top priorities for him in this year's mayoral election.
Hartley spent her night at the South Beloit pub, Jaks, and was joined by former Mayor Randy Kirichnow who supported her campaign. Hartley spent her night at the South Beloit pub, Jaks, and was joined by former Mayor Randy Kirichnow who supported her campaign.

By Michael Peppers

SOUTH BELOIT (WREX) - Former South Beloit Superintendent Michael Duffy will take over as city mayor.

Duffy beat opponent Marilyn Hartley, gaining 57% of the vote.  He will replace former Mayor Randy Kirichkow, who decided not to run after holding the position for eight years. 

Duffy said getting the South Beloit police department in order and making the city more appealing were among the top priorities for him in this year's mayoral election. He began his election night at the South Beloit Businessmen's Association building. He said becoming mayor was never a career goal of his, but rather he felt obligated. He said he disagreed with how things were being run in the former city government, and it caused South Beloit to be put in a negative light. When asked about the campaign, Duffy felt it was civil between he and Hartley, and that they basically agreed on the same things.

Hartley spent her night at the South Beloit pub, Jaks, and was joined by former Mayor Randy Kirichnow who supported her campaign.  Hartley also agreed the campaigns were clean and said Duffy's experience will make him asset as mayor. Duffy says his first order of business is to start cleaning up the city.

"We need to clean up," said Duffy, referring to city-owned properties.  "We need to mow, we need to trim, we need to clean up the garbage so that when you drive through town, you can say, 'woah,' this would be a nice place to live and when you get people doing that, the businesses all of a sudden start coming in.

Hartley has been retired as South Beloit city clerk since 2009. She plans to relax now that the election is over.

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