ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey will face at least two challengers this spring. Today, Republican Michael Kleen tells us that he's throwing his hat into the race.
“There's going to be two main issues in this race, the economy and crime. Now, Rockford is the number one city in Illinois for violent crime per capita, and something needs to be done about that. And I don't think the present administration is doing anything,” said Republican Mayoral Candidate Michael Kleen.
Kleen is just 31 years old, slightly younger than Mayor Morrissey when he first ran for office. He owns Black Oak Media; a desktop publishing business based in the Forest City and ran for county board in the Republican primary this spring. Even though he is a political newcomer, he says he's ready for the challenge and will make public safety will be a major part of his campaign.