Rally to save the post office

Protesters say the cuts would greatly impact rural areas who depend on reliable service

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Area leaders joined together at La Crosse’s post office to show their support for the postal service.

As part of a nationwide effort, local groups came together to call for the resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in the wake of mail slowdowns.

Some have said the goal is to privatize the post office.

The protest was in part to show Americans coming together to stand up for the postal system, a system that many use to rely on their medication, paychecks, and soon the election as well.

Two democratic candidates for Wisconsin State Assembly said any cuts would greatly impact rural areas, especially in parts that don’t have a good broadband connection.

“People depend more on the postal service so we have to make sure to maintain it so that they have quality service. It’s a lifeline for people in rural areas,” said Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse), who is running for re-election in Assembly District 95.

“There’s a reason our founding fathers had that in the constitution. They understood the importance of a public, affordable postal system,” said Josefine Jaynes, the democratic candidate for Assembly District 96.

News 8 Now has contacted both of the republican candidates running against Rep. Billings and Jaynes for comment. We have not yet heard back.