Presidential hopeful John Kerry is trying to rally support in the Badger State. Tuesday he'll make a campaign stop in Beloit and the community is getting ready for his arrival.
It's been 44 years since the city of Beloit has had to plan for a presidential campaign stop. John Kerry will be the first presidential hopeful to visit since Kennedy and Nixon in 1960.
"We're very excited the Kerry campaign chose us. This gives the rest of the world a chance to see who we are and what we're about, even if just momentarily," says Marty Densch, Vice President of the Beloit City Council.
Kerry will head to the Edwards Activity and Sports Center for a Town Hall meeting Tuesday. Final parking and seating preparations are already underway and the secret service is leading security arrangements with the help of Beloit police.
"We have made staffing adjustments. We've increased numbers of officers working, but can’t really get into exact numbers. There will be some temporary road closures and I can’t get into exactly where those will be, but there will be some road closures and accessibility to the area during certain times of the day tomorrow," says Captain Bill Tyler of the Beloit Police Department.
The campaign stop is expected to be an important one. The Kerry camp has hinted that the democratic candidate will make a major policy announcement, but councilman Densch is hoping the Town Hall format will give Kerry the opportunity to listen as well.
"Biggest thing is jobs. All across the Midwest and especially in our area people are desperate to move unemployment down. That's the top concern," says Densch.
More than 1,500 people are expected to attend the Town Hall meeting. Kerry is scheduled to arrive at 12:30 p.m. This will be the second stop on his bus tour of southern Wisconsin.