Seven votes separated Oshkosh mayoral incumbent Steve Cummings from Deputy Mayor Lori Palmeri. Both will advance to the Tuesday, April 2, Spring election.
Cummings finished with 897 votes to Palmeri’s 890. Political newcomer and business owner, Nate Stiefvater, had a respectable showing and received 479 votes, but will not advance.
Cummings has been the Mayor of Oshkosh for the past four years and says he’s a proud fifth-generation resident of the community.
Palmeri is a long-time Oshkosh resident and community organizer. She is in her second term on the Common Council. This is her first as Deputy Mayor.
In an interview Wednesday, Palmeri said she is, “proud that this is possible,” but that the “seven-point spread proves that there is more work to do to advance the campaign.”
Palmeri stated that her bid for mayor is about the future.
“I dedicate this race to my grandchildren,” she said. “The decisions we make today are going to have a far-reaching impact on future generations.”