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Rockford Mayor Announces Reelection Bid

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The mayor of Rockford is seeking reelection in 2021.

Mayor Tom McNamara made the announcement this week, touting successes such as growth downtown, in the health care industry, and at Chicago Rockford International Airport. A central campaign message is his desire to make further improvements in those areas.

“We have had great progress these last four years and we want to build on that progress," he said. "We know there is so much more work to be done.”

McNamara also touted the need to focus on neighborhood investment and addressing public safety in a holistic manner.

The mayoral election will take place in April of next year. As yet, no one else has announced their candidacy for the post.