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Mark to seek re-election instead of mayoralship
It will be a one-Doug race for mayor, at least for now.
Rockford Ald. Doug Mark (R-3) announced Sept. 7 he will not seek the Republican Party nomination for mayor in the 2005 mayoral campaign. Instead, Mark said he plans to seek re-election to his Third Ward alderman seat.
Marks announcement leaves incumbent Doug Scott (D), local businessman Joseph Wilson and local attorney Larry Morrissey as the only candidates to have announced their candidacy for the 2005 mayoral race.
Just having others consider you as a mayoral candidate is the highest compliment that I could ever receive, Mark said. It is very humbling and flattering, and makes you feel that the job you have undertaken these last four years has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. For that, I can only say thank you.
Mark said of his bid for re-election to his ward: I have had a good four years and have been pleased with many of the efforts that have taken place in the downtown area and the Third Ward. We have accomplished much, but there is more to do, and a lot is already in the planning stages.
Local attorney Dan Lewandowski (D) will run on the Democratic ticket versus Mark for Third Ward alderman.
Lewandoswki asserted in a Sept. 7 press release: I have high expectations and standards for the Third Ward and Rockford. Nothing less than a stable, prosperous, and exciting downtown will be acceptable. This goal may be ambitious and will, of course, take time before it is fully realized; but there is nothing more urgent. There is nothing that demands our attention more than the economic health of our city. And the strengthening of that health begins in the Third Ward. I have committed myself to this cause, and I intend to see it through.
For the full text of Marks Sept. 7 speech and Lewandowskis Sept. 7 press release, log on to www.rockriver
times.com and click on the Online Exclusives link.