Tom Perez To Kick Off Rural Listening Tour

Tom Perez, candidate for DNC Chair, announced today on a call with DNC members that he will kick off listening tour in rural communities starting in Northern Wisconsin on February 6 and continue in other communities in the days following. Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley will host Tom in her district - comprised of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Vilas, and Washburn counties - for a deep dive on the challenges facing Democrats in the state’s rural communities. Tom will also be joined by other elected officials and DNC members during the tour to come together and discuss strategies to engage rural voters.

“There’s no sugarcoating the challenges we face as a party in rural communities across the country,” said Tom Perez.  “In far too many towns we failed to show up, failed to engage, and failed to communicate our message of economic optimism until it was too late. That ends now. I’m excited to kick off this tour in Northern Wisconsin and look forward to sitting down with Democrats in rural communities across the country to hear exactly what they need to rebuild our party from the ground up. “

“Wisconsin saw firsthand what happens when Democrats fail to show up in every community,” said Senator Bewley.  “I’m encouraged by Tom’s eagerness to listen to Democrats in Northern Wisconsin. Tom understands that the Democratic turnaround begins with listening to and organizing Democrats in every community across the country.  I’m eager to help him do just that in my neck of the woods.”

Following today's call with DNC members and the swing through Northern Wisconsin, Tom will hold additional listening sessions in coming weeks in an effort to repair the Democratic Party’s neglect of rural communities in recent years – to devastating effect in the 2016 election.

Since announcing his candidacy, Tom has spent the past two months listening to DNC members and Democrats across the country -- and abroad – in an effort to make sure that we create a Party that works for every Democrat.