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Rockford will have a new beginning when it swears in its next mayor April 25. Independent challenger Larry Morrissey shocked incumbent Democratic Mayor Doug Scott by taking 54.89 percent (18,397 votes) of the vote in the April 5, 2005, general election, compared with Scott's 40.90 percent (13,709 votes) and Republican Gloria Cardenas Cudia's 4.08 percent (1,367 votes).

“We sent a message across the state: We beat the machine, it’s our town, we took it back,” Morrissey said at his celebration party at Paragon On State April 5.

Morrissey, 35, was victorious in his second run for mayor. He will become the first non-Democratic mayor Rockford has had in decades. Morrissey had strong local backing, while more than 50 percent of Scott’s campaign contributions came from outside the area.

To win the election, Morrissey reversed the 4,000-vote edge Scott claimed in the 2001 election, which accounts for about an 8,000-vote swing in Morrissey’s favor. Morrissey claimed 26.20 percent (10,108 votes) of the vote in the 2001 election compared with Scott's 37.65 percent (14,527 votes) and Republican Dennis W. Johnson's 35.17 percent (13,571 votes).

Other notable races included the following:

Ward 2 Republican Ald. Patrick Curran defeated challenger Democrat Melissa Lewis, 71.53 percent to 28.25 percent.

Ward 3 Republican Ald. Doug Mark defeated challenger Democrat Daniel A. Lewandowski, 56.27 percent to 43.63 percent.

Ward 4 Republican Ald. David F. Johnson was defeated by challenger Democrat Carl R. Wasco 51.38 percent to 48.57 percent.

Ward 9 Republican Ald. William J. Timm defeated challenger Democrat Charles H. Laskonis 66.40 percent to 33.48 percent.

Ward 12 Republican Ald. John C. Beck defeated challenger Democrat Matthew J. Daughenbaugh 70.19 percent to 29.74 percent.

Ward 14 Democratic Ald. Daniel P. Conness won re-election over challenger Republican Frank Giammarese 65.05 percent to 34.87 percent. Giammarese was one of the only candidates in this year's election to endorse Morrissey.

The Rockford $8.7 million street improvement bond passed 65.66 percent to 34.34 percent.

Rockford Township Supervisor Democrat Michael J. (Mickey) Goral won re-election over Republican Gerald O. Albert, 62.69 percent to 37.24 percent.

Republican Raymond C. Hodges defeated Democrat Kenneth R. Crowley 50.28 percent to 49.64 percent to claim the Rockford Township Assessor's seat.

Republican Peter M. (Pete) MacKay held on to his seat as Rockford Township Highway Commissioner in a tight race over challenger Democrat Elmer Jones 59.32 percent to 40.66 percent.

Democrat Greg Tuite (17.54 percent), Republican Philip J. Nicolosi (16.45 percent), Republican William K. Sjostrom (15.01 percent) and Republican John A. Rundquist (14.39 percent) claimed victory in the four open Rockford Township Trustee seats.

Independent Trent Furgeson defeated Independent Jolyn Fasula 57.78 percent to 42.22 percent in a heated contest for the Owen Township Assessor's position.

Rockford School Board President Nancy Kalchbrenner (48.80 percent) won re-election over challengers Barb Dent (36.76 percent) and Mark Thompson (14.44 percent).

Jack R. Ramsey (14.39 percent), Patti Lawrence (13.46 percent), Rodney L. Scott (12.74 percent) and Kathy Geyer (12.13 percent) won seats on the Board of Election in Harlem School District 122.

Voters rejected once again the Harlem School District Educational Fund Tax Rate 65.40 percent to 34.60 percent.

Chris Beck (27.99 percent) and Kenneth Nelson (27.43 percent) won easily in their races for seats on the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees. The next closest competitor was David F. Black with 18.37 percent of the vote.

Complete election results for the City of Rockford and Winnebago County are posted at the top of the Online Exclusives section of the Web site.

Please see next week's issue of The Rock River Times for complete election coverage and analysis.

From the April 6-12, 2005, issue

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