Mayor Barrett Tells 2024 Democratic Convention Planners “We Are Ready”
September 28, 2021
MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has formally responded to the Democratic National Committee’s invitation to compete to host its 2024 national convention by saying Milwaukee is in.
“A convention of this scale will bring significant financial benefits to our community,” Mayor Barrett said. “The convention would also provide our city with a great opportunity to show the world our people, our natural beauty, our history, and our accomplishments.”
Past conventions have drawn 35,000 delegates along with thousands of other attendees. The Democratic National Committee says previous host cities have seen economic impacts exceeding $150 million from their conventions.
Milwaukee is one of at last 20 cities the Democratic Party is considering for its next Presidential nominating convention. Having earned the designation as host city for the 2020 convention, Milwaukee is likely to receive serious consideration this time around. The 2020 event was truncated because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Milwaukee is familiar with the extensive work and coordination necessary to prepare for a big political convention,” Mayor Barrett wrote to the DNC. “Milwaukee was ready to put on a great event. And, we are set to do it again.”
After answering the initial invitation, interested cities will be asked to respond to a formal Request for Proposal process that is expected to begin later this year.
Mayor Barrett’s letter to the DNC is below.