By Kent Berkley
More than 130 volunteer delegates from Door and Kewaunee County descended upon Madison to meet with each of Wisconsin’s 132 legislators, or designees, as part of Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days. The biannual event is planned to coincide with the legislative budget cycles and involves nearly a year of planning in advance of the face-to-face meetings with legislators. The 2017 advocacy teams included approximately 30 high school students. Caleb Frostman, Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, says the youth-adult advocacy partnership is not just educational, but also makes the message stronger.
Frostman says that the advocacy agenda presented in Madison must satisfy three criteria. The issues must be non-partisan, be of local concern to Door and Kewaunee Counties and be tailored to a legislative remedy. To learn more about the substantive issues and the successes of the advocacy teams, watch for part two in this series at Door County Daily News.com.