Faces of the Fourteenth
We at Rep. Robyn Vining’s campaign believe that values have faces and values have names. In this time of disconnect, we offer you the opportunity to connect safely with some of the members of your community. Everyone has a story and a reason they vote their values. We invite you to meet the Faces of the 14th – these are our faces, these are our stories. And if you have a story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it! Contribute to Faces of the 14th at https://forms.gle/KjLApumekpmwaK616
– Elizabeth and Joanna
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When I ran into her at a neighborhood event, I wanted to say a quick hello and thank her for her work, but she insisted that we sit down together and asked me “What issues do you care about? What matters to you?” She listened as I shared my thoughts on relevant issues and my hopes for our community, and she shared the legislation she has introduced and supported to move us all forward. That personal and authentic interaction seems rare these days in politics, but Robyn is continually here for the people.
I want a better world for my children. When my 8 year old realizes that some political figures are saying and acting in a way we would never allow our children, I want to ensure she doesn’t continue to see these figures in power. That’s why I believe in Robyn Vining for District 14 because I know she’s someone who my daughter could look up to as a role model who thinks for the people.
This year I’m casting my ballot with a focus on addressing policy that can be done with honesty, empathy, kindness, and civility. I am voting for Robyn.
I grew up in and around the 14th District, on Milwaukee’s northwest side and now in Wauwatosa with my family. And I grew up pretty conservative, attending Catholic schools and really believing in the fiscal policies of the Republican Party. Working in financial affairs, I started to see a disconnect between what I thought the GOP stood for, and the policies and candidates they were actually putting forward.
Through collecting and listening to your stories, I get to see so much love, so much care, and so much hope for the future. This year is hard, this period is hard. But if Faces of the 14th and supporting Robyn Vining’s reelection has taught me anything, it’s that we can do this hard thing. We can put the right people in office that help us work for a better, more equitable world.
I’ve known Robyn for almost a decade. Robyn acts out of conviction and calls all of us to attend to our better angels. She loves and cares deeply about District 14, Wisconsin, and ALL people. Representative Vining has renewed my hope in democracy. I am honored to call her my friend and my representative. She reminds us that power in this country rests with we the people.
Robyn continues to be a voice for the most vulnerable women prenatally, as well as postnatally, and for infants who are unable to speak for themselves. I love that she supports, and advocates for, the Governor’s Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies initiative.
As a retired elementary public school teacher, I saw firsthand how public schools need the adequate amount of funding to ensure small class sizes, resources for students, and high quality staffing. With Scott Walker’s Act 10 I saw my classes almost double in size and a public attack on the teaching profession that I would never have imagined possible. I know we can count on Robyn to invest in our public school system, especially during the current crisis of education during COVID.
During Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day earlier this year in Madison, Andrea watched Robyn interact with Wauwatosa high school students. She witnessed Robyn listen to student voices and encourage them to keep moving forward with their passions. She also witnessed student reactions when Representative Vining showed up to Wauwatosa West High School’s walk out to protest gun violence. The students saw her presence and understood their voices matter to Robyn.
With each person I met, each new culture I learned about and every new community I was immersed in, I couldn’t ignore the many stories of people’s lives that were not given the same, equal opportunity that I was afforded. Just because something worked for me in this country does not mean it works for everyone. I do my best to listen to all voices, especially those that are often silenced or ignored.
Robyn represents my values as a mental health professional working in public schools and a mom. The issues that mean the most to me are mental health, education and gun control. Robyn cares about these things and is willing to listen and learn from her constituents to make informed decisions. Robyn is an example for my daughter of a strong woman who fights for what is right while still listening to other people and caring about their opinions. I am proud to know Robyn and have someone so compassionate represent us.
Climate change is a real issue, and there are so many changes we could be making right now that would make our lives more livable. Years ago, I met my husband when we were both canvassers for the Sierra Club. At that time, it didn’t seem like the issue of the climate caused such partisan division; it seemed like an issue we could really make progress on. Times have changed and Trump has rolled back many of the Green Power initiatives that the Obama administration put into place. What type of world are we building, and what type of world will we leave behind?
Nearly a decade ago Robyn started her sex trafficking work and volunteered her photography storefront to serve as a safe haven for girls who were victims. We don’t like to think of our district as a place things like that can happen; but Robyn looked and saw what others didn’t.
We live in a community with so many smart, strong, motivated women, and Robyn is a shining example of that. Among her many values that I align myself with, I know that Robyn is looking out for women, our rights, our voices, and our ideas. I love the fact that Robyn had a full career before she made this transition, and that’s something that I want my children to know and take value in and be inspired by.
As we reflect on the values that guide how we vote, we are reminded of how important it is to have access to affordable healthcare. As a child, I (Julie) was diagnosed with asthma and many allergies that sometimes led to anaphylactic reactions and ultimately many ER visits. When I graduated college and was no longer covered by my parents’ health plan, they made sure I understood that I could never have any period of time where I was uninsured. If I did, it was likely that my pre-existing conditions would make it difficult, if not impossible to find coverage.
Bob Robyn Vining is one of the most fundamentally decent and kind people I have ever met. I was fortunate enough to get to know her a little during her first campaign, and over the last two years I've seen again and again how hard she has thrown herself into this...
I have always believed that what makes us great is also our biggest challenge. We are a great diverse country of unique individuals and independent thinkers. As unique individuals and independent thinkers we are challenged to remain respectful and united as a Nation in order to protect the rights, visions and dreams of ALL people. We need to elect public officials, like Robyn, who commit themselves to solving people issues not party issues.
In recent years, we have witnessed the ugliness of hate instilled largely by fear and deep seated biases. So when I read Robyn’s campaign signs that state, “Love Wins,” I have to believe that we’re all capable of doing and becoming better because I know Robyn is fighting for all of us to be our best. Whether it’s her work in establishing fair maps, fighting sex trafficking, working fairly on bi-partisan issues like healthcare, education, common sense gun control, or small business viability, I know she will put her community first because she is present and committed. This community has incredible potential and some great attributes, but it still needs healing and people coming together to combat hate and allow Love to Win together.
My husband and I have three young boys. As parents, we have an awesome responsibility to set a positive example, teach them values, and help mold them into decent human beings who care about others and the word they live in. Our goal is to raise our boys to be kind, respectful, decent, inquisitive, and full of positive character. And we know that they—like all children—are constantly watching us adults as examples and guidance for “how to be.”
With so much division in our country right now, we need leaders who will step up and give a voice to their constituents. That is what a representative is supposed to do. What I love and admire about Robyn is her work ethic. She does not stop. Every free moment is spent engaging with her constituents and trying to figure out how to best address their concerns and issues. She makes herself accessible and wants to hear from us.
The environment should not be a partisan issue; when we destroy our planet we are really killing ourselves. Throughout high school I’ve joined the Sierra Club, the Sunrise Movement, and the Youth Conservation Congress to bring awareness to the abysmal treatment of our planet and support progressive and democratic candidates who care about all of our futures and the prosperity of our planet.