2020 has been quite the year. Covid-19 has affected everyone in some way – health, finances, relationships, the list goes on. My husband is a healthcare worker. Since March, he has been on the frontlines directly encountering the virus. We have a routine when he gets home from work, and we have to think twice about the ways we interact with others and navigate the community. 

When the majority party overturned Governor Evers’s “Badger Bounce Back” plan, I felt defeated. We had no plan. All of our hard work –  getting the numbers down, keeping the hospitals at manageable levels, safely opening the state back up, was now at risk. The division and hostility on social media was amplified to a new level, and empathy and compassion felt harder to find. I had been receiving regular emails from Representative Vining over the course of the stay at home order, providing updates and resources and showing her true commitment to her community. In my moment of frustration, I decided to send her an email. I shared my family’s situation and how disheartened I felt. I then thanked her for her communication and compassion. I didn’t request follow up, I just needed her to hear that I was grateful. 

A few days later, I received a voicemail from Representative Vining – not from an assistant, not from a staffer, from her. She called to thank my husband. She called to thank me and my family. She shared her gratitude and expressed her hopes that we would find rest during a stressful time. I was blown away. Never had I had a politician reach out to me in such a personal way. THIS is why I will be voting for Robyn Vining. Her slogan “Love Wins” is not just some catchy tagline. Robyn Vining demonstrates this day after day, and she has my support.