2020 DNC in Milwaukee pushed back until August in response to coronavirus pandemic

MILWAUKEE — The 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee has been pushed back until mid-August in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It will now take place the week of August 17. It was initially schedule for July 13-17.

Organizers said the move allows convention planners more time to determine the best structure fort the convention.

“I have always believed that American innovation and ingenuity shine brightest during our darkest days, and for that reason, I’m confident our convention planning team and our partners will find a way to deliver a convention in Milwaukee this summer that places our Democratic nominee on the path to victory in November,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a release.

Convention planners have consulted with the Fiserv Forum, Wisconsin Center District and hotels in the Milwaukee area to make sure mid-August would work for the event.

“Leadership means being able to adapt, and that’s exactly what our party is doing. The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner, especially over the past few weeks as we’ve confronted this global crisis, and we couldn’t be more committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state, as it is at the center of so many of Trump’s broken promises,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez in the release.

This would be the first time Wisconsin has hosted a political party’s national convention.