The state Dem Party this week hosted a meet-and-greet for Dem electeds, activists and others to mingle with leaders from the committee putting on the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next summer.

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said electeds and others also met separately with convention officials to begin discussing some of the logistics of the coming event.

Both meetings come as Dems this week marked one year out from the national convention rolling into Milwaukee.

“It was a pretty basic, mostly introductory thing that I mostly from an administrative standpoint was concerned about like, ‘What can I tell my members to expect?'” Hintz said.

The party reception Tuesday in downtown Madison included remarks from Gov. Tony Evers, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, state Chair Ben Wikler and First Vice Chair Felesia Martin, a spokeswoman said.

Liz Gilbert, president of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, said organizers want to convey a message that the convention will have a reach beyond the state’s largest city.

“The convention is going to have a huge economic impact — hundreds of millions of dollars — that we know will reach beyond Milwaukee,” Gilbert said. “It’s going to lift up the entire state. It was a thrill to meet with state leaders and I look forward to meeting more.”

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