Local elections to decide mayor, school board


Sophia Voight, Assistant News Editor

The 2021 Spring Election is right around the corner, and Oshkosh residents will get to vote on state, county and citywide races.

April 6th Spring Election will feature one statewide race for the state superintendent and a district race for the court of appeals judge.

Voters will also have their pick at the Winnebago County executive and Oshkosh mayor, city council members and school board members.

For more information on the election and details on where to vote, visit the My Vote Wisconsin website.

For the state superintendent of public instruction race, Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly will face off former Brown Deer Superintendent Deborah Kerr on the ballot to become Wisconsin’s next top education official.

Underly has over two decades of public education experience, including her six years as the superintendent of Pecatonica School District. She also has previous experience as a teacher, educational administrator and principal.

Underly is running her campaign on revising school funding by increasing funding for special education and English language learner programs. She is opposed to publicly funded school voucher expansion and wants to freeze enrollment to voucher schools.

You can find more information on Underly and her campaign platform at her website underlyforwi.com.

Kerr previously served as a superintendent for over 20 years and currently serves as the co-chair of the UW System Task Force to Advance Teachers and Leaders.

Kerr is an advocate of the state’s private school voucher program and of fully opening the state’s public schools. She also wants to decentralize the state education department, moving it out of Madison and opening offices across the state.

More information on her campaign can be found at kerr4kids.com

The District 2 court of appeals judge is up for election this year and incumbent Jeffrey Davis is facing off Muskego Judge Shelley Grogan.

The court of appeals serves as the intermediate appellate court and hears cases appealed from the circuit courts. Voters elect court of appeals judges to serve six-year terms.

You can review Davis’ campaign on his website judgejeffdavis.com and find more information on Grogran at judgeshelleygrogan.com.

The Winnebago County Executive election features incumbent Mark Harris and local business owner Jon Doemel.

The county executive provides administrative leadership and supervision for all county departments and programs, as well as participates in the county legislative process.

Harris is running for his fifth term as county executive to continue helping the county recover from the pandemic and reduce the county’s debt.

Doemel said he wants to open up communication between county residents and their government as well as encourage more collaboration between governing departments.

You can find more about the candidates’ platform at onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=24281342

Mayor Lori Palmeri is seeking reelection up against Becket’s and Wagner Market owner Kris Larson.

Elected in 2019, Palmeri has campaigned on pandemic recovery for small businesses and incentivizing green infrastructure for the city.

Larson is campaigning on increasing transparency between residents and the city council and the need for more efficiency in city government.

Voters will have a choice of three candidates in the Oshkosh Common Council race. Michael Beardsley, Lateria Garrett, Courtney Hansen, Jake Krause, Bill Miller and Aaron Wojciechowski will be on the ballot.

You can find information on each candidate at onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=24081504.

Residents can also vote for three school board members for the Oshkosh Area School District. Jim Evans, Kristopher Karns, Robert Rigoni, Chris Wright and Beth Wyman are running in this election.

Information on each candidate can be found at onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=24281202.