UPDATED: Incumbent Larry Morrissey wins race for Rockford mayor - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATED: Incumbent Larry Morrissey wins race for Rockford mayor

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UPDATE:
Incumbent Independent Mayor Larry Morrissey has defeated Democrat Jim Hughes and Republican Michael Kleen in the race for Rockford Mayor.

Morrissey took home 8,424 votes compared to Hughes' 7,196 and Kleen's 3,502 votes.

During his third consecutive term, the mayor says he'll work to improve areas like education, unemployment, crime rate, public safety and rebuilding Rockford. 

For education, he wants to establish a partnership with local colleges to keep students learning and working in the area.  To attract outside workers, he wants Rockford to stick to fundamentals but not be afraid to invest in projects like the River Walk to promote the city.  He says crime rate will be tackled by helping repeat offenders make a smoother transition back to society so they don't keep committing the same crimes over and over again.  As for public safety, in his State of the City address, Mayor Morrissey says the city plans to hire 22 more police officers by the end of 2013.  He wants to rebuild Rockford with projects west of the river.  North Main and Auburn's intersection will become a round-a-bout, and Morrissey says there will be improvements to West State Street and South Main. 

Mayor Morrissey thanks his family and friends for support in this campaign process. 

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PREVIOUSLY:
The race for Rockford's mayoral spot is a battle between three men and one of them already has the job.

Incumbent Independent Mayor Larry Morrissey's running for his third consecutive term. The former lawyer now serves for organizations like the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association. Small business owner and Democratic candidate Jim Hughes has a previous political career both as a Winnebago County Board member and a Rockford alderman. Republican nominee, Chicagoland native and former Winnebago County Board candidate Michael Kleen makes his career as a writer.

All three have expressed concerns for issues like public safety in the Forest City. Hughes wants to shed light on the problem, Kleen believes there's strength in numbers and Mayor Morrissey works to keep history from repeating itself.

Stay tuned to 13 News at 5, 6 and 10 for complete coverage of the Rockford mayoral race and click here for results as they come in!

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