OSHKOSH, WI – Oshkosh Mayor Lori Palmeri has announced her bid to become the Democratic Party nominee for the State Assembly District #54 seat. The seat became open when Rep. Gordon Hintz announced his intention to step down at the end of his current term. Rep. Hintz contacted Lori directly to encourage her to run.
Palmeri has served as Oshkosh Mayor since first being elected in 2019. She was re-elected to the role in 2021. Prior to her time as Mayor, Lori served as an elected Oshkosh Common Council representative from 2016-2019.
Mayor Palmeri has established a reputation as a servant leader. She’s very skilled at demystifying City Hall for citizens who need help resolving issues ranging from animal control to zoning. In her mayoral campaigns she pledged to make Oshkosh more welcoming, and walked the talk by being the driving force behind the creation of the city’s first ever Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. During this difficult Covid era. Lori has been a leading voice for safe practices, including the right of people to participate in city meetings online.
Lori Palmeri believes servant leaders are needed in Madison. She’s horrified that the Republican leadership recently adjourned the legislature and announced they would not return until January of 2023! This in spite of the fact that too many needs–from education to environment to guaranteeing free and fair elections—remain unmet. The legislature clearly needs more citizen legislators who want to go to Madison to be the voice of their constituents and solve problems. Lori Palmeri will be that kind of citizen legislator.
Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies from UW Oshkosh and a master’s degree in urban planning from UW Milwaukee. She is a mother, grandmother, a wife, and caring owner of two cats.
2022 Election dates: Primary – August 9; General – November 8.