SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) – Wisconsin is receiving a lot of attention in the political world. In April, President Donald Trump visited Green Bay. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence visited Fort McCoy.
In the past, Sparta seen its share of presidential visits. Former Presidents Grover Cleveland, Harry S. Truman, and John F. Kennedy all made their way to the Monroe County seat.
Jarrod Roll, the Director and County Historian for the Monroe County Local History Room Museum, said it’s big news for the small town when a public figure in such a high place in office visits.
“We aren’t a large population here in the county. We’re one of 72 counties in the state of Wisconsin,” Roll said. “So when we do get a visit from a President, that’s a big deal, I think it communicates to the people living here that their vote is important and that their opinion is important.”
Kevin Croninger, District Attorney for Monroe County, said regardless of your political party, it’s a great deal to have the Vice President to visit a town.
“He’s the Vice President of the United States, so it’s a big deal to have him here,” Croninger said. “To have his attention on the area, and I really appreciate that fact he is going to spend time with military families.”
Trent Ziegler, a local business owner, said it is exciting to have Vice President Mike Pence visit.
“I think that Mike Pence and President Donald Trump have a lot of support in this part of the state, and actually statewide. You know, the economy is really good right now, and my small businesses are doing very well right now,” Ziegler said. “It’s great to have Vice President Pence in the area. It’s truly an honor for our community.”