On Tuesday night, friends, family and supporters gathered at the home of Mayor-elect Lori Palmeri after parading down Main Street when unofficial election results showed she had ousted two-term mayoral incumbent Steve Cummings by 322 votes to win the city’s highest seat.
Palmeri’s election is historic for two reasons. First, the first-generation Colombian is the first person of color in Oshkosh’s history to be elected. Second, she is the first elected female mayor. Two former female mayors were appointed by the Council previously.
“This was the people of Oshkosh’s campaign,” Palmeri told FoxValley354. “The voters spoke clearly of a desire for new leadership in their Mayor and Council representation. Now it’s time to get to work.”
Oshkosh resident, Marilyn Caldwell, has lived in Oshkosh for 22 years. She is “proud of her town” and admits that in past elections, she chose her candidates by reading the paper, but knowing Palmeri helped her decide how to cast her vote.
“Lori is loving and cares about diversifying Oshkosh as the need for change has arisen,” states Caldwell. “We are lucky to have her as our Mayor-elect.”
Palmeri, who promises to “lead the city with a true future generation perspective,” assumes her new role on Tuesday, April 16 at City Hall.For the final, unofficial election results, visit this link on the Winnebago County website https://www.co.winnebago.wi.us/sites/default/files/CountyClerk/Elections/electionsummaryreport.pdf