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Milwaukee secures bid for July 2020 Democratic National Convention

Milwaukee, “a city of working people,” was selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention over Miami and Houston.

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For the first time since 1916, the Democratic National Convention will be held in the Midwest outside of Chicago — in our own backyard, Milwaukee.

DNC announced the four-day convention will take place July 13-16, 2020. 

As a notoriously liberal city within a swing state, a DNC press release said the choice of Milwaukee “signals that the party is doubling down on its winning strategy in this critical battleground state.”

Competing against Houston and Miami, Milwaukee won the bid for being “a city of working people,” according to DNC Chair Tom Perez, as well as “historic gains” made in the last state election. 

“If we’re going to take back the White House, restore the guard rails of our democracy, and make government work for American families, we need to earn it,” Perez said in the press release. “We saw in this last election what we can accomplish when we come together, invest, and fight for working people, and that was proven right here in Wisconsin.”

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released a statement expressing pride for his city. 

“This is a great day for the city of Milwaukee and for the state of Wisconsin,” Barrett said. “Milwaukee is a first-class city, and we are ready to showcase Milwaukee on one of the largest stages in the world.”

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning showed no fear about the logistical planning involved with hosting a convention of this size –– security, transportation, accessibility, etc.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunity for Milwaukee and its citizens,” she said in a statement. “With the collaboration of Milwaukee’s corporate community, the nonprofit sector, the small business community, and engaged Milwaukeeans, we are confident Milwaukee 2020 will be a world-class event that makes Wisconsinites proud. The work starts today!"

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