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Burke Stumps in Door

Under the watchful eye of bar manager Ben McMahon, Mary Burke pours a Little Sister Wit during her July 11 campaign stop at the Door County Brewing Co.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke brought her campaign to Door County for two days on July 10 – 11. She kicked things off on the 10th with lunch at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, followed by an appearance at the Democratic Party of Door County’s annual BBQ at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay.

On Friday Burke toured the Brickner-Meilke Dairy in Sturgeon Bay, followed by a stop at Door County Brewing Company in Baileys Harbor, where she learned how to pour the perfect tap beer. She ended her tour with a stop at Red Putter Mini-Golf in Ephraim.

At the brewery, Burke talked with owner John McMahon about local and regional initiatives that are either taking place or being discussed, especially among the craft brewers of Wisconsin working with local farmers for grains and hops. She also heard from David Eliot, owner of Peninsula Publishing & Distributing, about local efforts that have made the successful room tax program work in the county, and other organic initiatives such as the recently announced Community Opportunity Investment Network (COIN), a micro-loan pool for Door County entrepreneurs who do not qualify for traditional lending.

“This is exactly our strength in Wisconsin,” Burke said after talking with McMahon and Eliot. “It’s great people who care about our communities, who want to do great things, who are innovative and who are moving our economy forward and what we need is leadership that partners and builds on it.”

Burke said the campaign has been going great.

“I’ve probably put 40,000 miles on my Ford Escape,” she said. “What I hear from people, they believe we need new leadership. Our economy is lagging. We are dead last in the Midwest, tenth out of 10 states, with Scott Walker. That needs to change. People don’t believe we need this divisiveness. It is not who we are. It’s not how we do our best work.”