Green Party member Tony Palmeri is running for re-election to the Oshkosh Common Council. Tony was first elected two years ago on a platform of greater transparency and accountability. He won 4,704 votes to come in second of six candidates, with the top three winning seats on the all at-large common council.
Palmeri is a Communication Studies professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a well known area media critic who writes a monthly column “Media Rants” for the Fox Valley Scene. He also blogs regularly at “Talk to Tony“. Tony’s election two years ago came from support across the city – Greens, Democrats, University people, working class folks, etc. Tony is seen as an independent voice on the Council that won’t give in to pressure from the Chamber of Commerce, the local newspaper, or any other influence on Municipal issues. He is opinionated, honest, and full of integrity.
On his blog he says:
If the voters bring me back, I would be honored to serve another term on the Oshkosh Common Council. If there are enough candidates, a primary will be held on February 17, 2009. The general election will be held on April 7th (which also happens to by my older brother Frank’s 50th birthday).
Two years ago the message of the Palmeri for Oshkosh campaign was this: “City government at all levels must be held to higher standards of performance and accountability.” I would argue that we have made some progress in that direction, but there’s a long, long way to go.
If you are a supporter and interested in helping the campaign, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 920-235-1116.
As was the case two years ago, I will neither raise nor spend more than $1,000. As a result, and especially if big money candidates get in the race, the only way to win another term will be with grassroots support.
Two years ago we launched his campaign on one of the coldest days of the year in January with a dozen of us driving around with yard signs and power drills with foot long drill bits to drill holes in the frozen ground and place signs out. This year I expect his support to be just as strong, and the election competitive again. Three seats are up for election, and besides Tony, incumbent Democrat Jessica King is running for re-election while Democrat Bryan Bain is not. Bryan Bain was the top vote getter two years ago.
Palmeri previously ran for State Assembly in 2004 as a Green and took 9% of the vote in a four way race.