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Morris defeats incumbent Chamberlain for Belvidere Mayor

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Belvidere Mayor Morris

BEVLIDERE (WREX) — Incumbent Mayor of Belvidere Mike Chamberlain has lost to challenger Clinton Morris.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton Morris had 57% of the vote (1,306) to Chamberlain's 43% of votes (993).

2,319 ballots were cast on Tuesday, according to the Boone County Clerk's Office website. The voter turnout in Boone County was 16%, according to the clerk's website.

Morris told 13 WREX last week he believes the city could do better, particularly with taxes.

"Taxes I would say are a huge issue for a lot of individuals in Belvidere," Morris said. "A lot of senior citizens and a lot of hard working citizens feel the impact of taxes, especially now."

Morris told 13 WREX he specifically wants to cut Belvidere Township's portion of taxes because he believes that money doesn't go to good enough use. He also said he wants to put out a more competitive bid process for waste collection to save taxpayer money.

Chamberlain said he won't concede until Wednesday. Chamberlain was seeking a third term as the city's leader.

Morris will lead the city for the next four years.

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Andrew Carrigan

Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University.

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