The College Democrats of Wisconsin, the youth branch of the state Democratic Party, will hold its annual convention in Waukesha County — marking the first time the county will be the site of the event.
Students from across the state will gather in Pewaukee at the Holiday Inn (I-94 and Hwy 164) on March 31 and April 1 for a convention full of training sessions and speakers to prepare related to the 2012 elections. The event will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha College Democrats.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Democratic candidates for governor in the upcoming recall election and 1st Congressional District candidate Rob Zerban, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan this fall.
The keynote speaker for the convention is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Tammy Baldwin.
“We are honored to host this year’s CDW convention. It just highlights what has been an amazing last year for the youth of Waukesha County,” said Matthew Lowe, a UW-Waukesha student and director of youth outreach for the Waukesha County Democratic Party. “In the last year-and-a-half we have established successful and active College Democrats chapters at the two main college campuses in Waukesha County.”
The party stated in a release that "participation by college students and youth is the backbone of the movement to take back the state." Republicans now control both houses of the state legislature as well as the governor's office, and the group hopes its efforts in these state races could lead to a second term for President Barack Obama.
“We chose the UW-Waukesha College Democrats to host our convention because they exemplify everything we strive for within the College Democrats of Wisconsin,” said Paydon Miller, chair of the statewide organization. “In the past year, the UW-Waukesha College Democrats have flourished and are a true success story for us. With such a pivotal election year for Wisconsin approaching, we would all be well-served to follow their example.”
The deadline to register for the state convention is March 9