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Milwaukee still in contact with DNC as finalists wait anxiously for convention decision

Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 19:16:47-05

Milwaukee, Houston and Miami Beach continue to anxiously await a decision from the Democratic National Committee on which city will host its 2020 National Convention.

Officials behind Milwaukee’s DNC bid told TODAY’S TMJ4 they’re hopeful a decision from the committee will come this week. They said they remain in constant contact with DNC staffers.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of Houston said his office also remains in contact with the DNC.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of Miami Beach said he continues to await the DNC’s decision and had no official comment on Monday.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, said he’s optimistic about Milwaukee’s chances to host the convention.

“Hopefully they’ll be making a decision soon. I’m hopeful Milwaukee will be chosen,” Evers said Monday on a stop at UW-Milwaukee.

The governor believes the convention would showcase Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s Southeast region, to people who might be interested in moving to the state permanently.

“We need people moving here, and to have that happen we need people to understand what a great place Wisconsin is,” Evers said.

The 2020 DNC is expected to begin July 13, one day after Milwaukee’s annual Bastille Days festival is scheduled to wrap up on Cathedral Square.

The 2020 version of Bastille Days would be the festival’s 39th year, said Emily McElwee, of East Town Association, which puts on the annual celebration.

She said organizers are excited about the possibility that some of the estimated 50,000 people the DNC would draw to Milwaukee could be arriving a couple days early.

“If we had even a little overflow, with people coming in early for the DNC, that would be wonderful,” McElwee said.