Milwaukee Marriott West, other county hotels hosting out-of-town delegates –
WAUKESHA COUNTY — Often considered to be the nexus of the Republican Party in Wisconsin, Waukesha County will get a lot bluer next July as delegates and supporters from across the country descend upon the region for the Democratic National Convention.
Slated to take place at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee July 13-16, the event will draw thousands of people to the area and Waukesha County is expected to play host to one of its largest delegations. On Tuesday, Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Democratic Party, confirmed that the state’s delegates will be staying at the Milwaukee Marriott West, off Redford Boulevard in the City of Pewaukee, during the convention.
While it’s not yet clear how many members of the delegation will be staying at the hotel, Possley noted that Illinois has allocated 184 delegates and 13 alternates for the convention. Elsewhere in the county, hotels and restaurants are already preparing to host delegates from other states. Nancy Justman, president and CEO of the Brookfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, said most of the hotels in the city of Brookfield are already booked for that week in July.
“The Sheraton I know for sure is booked,” she said, adding that many restaurants in the area have already reserved rooms for evening parties. Justman said she’s heard that the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for The Arts will likely be hosting events, and added that discussions are currently going on regarding space at the new Brookfield Conference Center, which is slated to open in April next to Brookfield Square. “We are obviously very excited.
We will be hosting thousands of guests and it’s a great opportunity to showcase everything that Brookfield has to offer,” she said. Milwaukee officials announced in March that the city had been chosen to host the convention, beating out Houston and Miami. It is slated to be the first major-party convention in Milwaukee’s history, and the first Midwestern convention for Democrats since Chicago played host in 1996.