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
Find and share our stories! #Facesofthe14th #WeLoveDistrict14 #VoteYourValues #VoteVINING
I proudly voted for Robyn in 2018 and I will vote for her again in 2020. Representative Vining is a woman who values the voices of ALL her constituents. She is compassionate. She empathizes. She is responsive. And as a parent of teens, my family and I especially value that Representative Vining is invested in public education, protecting women and children, and enacting common sense gun reform.
Robyn Vining stands up for me and my family. Robyn Vining stands up for you.
I met Robyn Vining about a decade ago when I was introduced to her photography work. She has a unique sense of natural observation that reaches beyond the surface to the core of one’s presence. This ability to see beyond the surface is embodied in the way she communicates and exchanges thoughts and ideas within our community.
Now, as a newly turned 18 year old and registered voter, I am extremely proud to say that I will be casting a vote for Robyn Vining as our 14th District State Assembly representative. When I think of the future of our state and the leadership it will require to move forward and improve as a community, I think of the commitment Representative Vining has shown to her constituents and her unwavering dedication to truly listen to those whom she represents. I cannot think of a more dependable, trustworthy, and sincere leader to represent the 14th district of Wisconsin.
Robyn has done a fantastic job in the Assembly for the past two years, and I see every day that she is a terrific person. Especially in this very difficult year, I am in awe of her empathy and her ability to run a relentlessly positive campaign. She really does care and really does work for us. We need Robyn in Madison for another two years, and I enthusiastically support her re-election.
It has been my absolute honor to work on this Faces of the 14th project. Because of the pandemic, things certainly look different during this campaign. Robyn’s volunteers are not knocking on doors; we are seeking other means of connecting safely with our District 14 neighbors. We are writing many, many postcards by hand and with love. And we are telling our stories. I have met some wonderful people through this project that I didn’t know before, and I have heard new stories from neighbors I have known for years. These are our stories, these are our people, this is what we think about when we go to the polls, when we fill out our ballots.
As Rep. Robyn’s spouse, I am proud to say this is all genuine. What you see with Robyn is not some carefully constructed political persona. Robyn genuinely cares. Her care for people is what drives her. There are easy ways to do politics – find big money special interest groups, party powerful, and expensive marketing teams and just follow their orders. Robyn rejects the easy path. Instead, Robyn takes the hard road, because she believes it is right and best for the people.
I no longer vote how my bubble expects me to, I vote for what breaks my heart based on stories I cannot ignore. By voting I hope to change those stories for the better, not only for the owners of those stories, but also for my own children. I want to be able to tell my children when they ask me about this time, that I did something. I want them to know that they can do hard things and change is not out of reach!
I support legislators like Robyn who see individuals with disabilities as valued members of the community and who ask, “What can I do to support you?”. I was encouraged when she authored a bill that would require universal changing stations in certain buildings which would make life easier for caregivers of adults who require this type of care. It may seem like a small thing but for caregivers it is huge!
It.Is.Time. It is time to put an end to gerrymandered districts that have resulted in inappropriately represented government in Wisconsin for 10 years. It is time to return to the progressive principles and foundation upon which this state was built and operated on for over 100 years, led by people such as Robert LaFollette, Gaylord Nelson and William Proxmire. It is time to elect people who represent and respond to ALL of their constituents, with empathy, passion and love. It is time to re-relect Robyn Vining to represent the 14th Assembly District.
A few years ago, our 6-year-old daughter brought home an assignment from school that asked students to finish this sentence: “I had $100, I would…” Our daughter had written, “I would give it to other people because I don’t need $100 dollars.” (I still have a photo of the assignment.). That’s the essence of why we vote the way we do: because we believe that everyone deserves to have what they need to succeed, and that we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
From a young age politics has always sparked a passion in me. Seeing Robyn lead the 14th district and unite rather than divide us has truly inspired me. Robyn is the embodiment of integrity, passion and empathy; she holds traits that any good leader should have. With Robyn’s leadership, I hold no doubt that she will lead us in the fight to change our community.
Robyn is the embodiment of servant leadership and the type of elected official Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and Milwaukee need. During a time of uber partisanship, Robyn finds ways to consistently work with people across the aisle to solve everyday problems.
Robyn turns every exchange she has with every human she meets into meaningful conversation and then action. She does not just see faces, she sees stories in humans and she deeply cares about yours.
We are in a critical point of time in our history and while there is a lot of pain and uncertainty, there is opportunity.
I am voting for Representative Vining because she believes every single human deserves the same opportunities for success in life while acknowledging the reality that we live in a world where the playing field has never been level across race and gender.
When I discovered that Robyn’s predecessor accepted donations from the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the opioid I was prescribed, among other special interests, I knew that I didn’t have a representative who was working for the interest of the people. I vote for affordable and accessible healthcare for all.
My hope is that our representatives listen to us. My hope is that more people become engaged citizens. My hope is that we maintain democracy- with all its promises, messiness and humanity.
Robyn and I have crossed paths many times on the campaign trail, I’ve visited and sat with Robyn on important issues for women in her Madison office and we have had the most wonderful brainstorming text and phone convos around what matters most to folks like me. Through it all, she’s remained the same Robyn, an optimistic, hard-working visionary who’s exhibited integrity and leadership while being accessible and supportive.
I’m constantly amazed at how much Robyn cares about our community and at the ways she shows it. She’s the type of leader who inspires others to action. I should know, it happened to me. We’re so lucky to have a bright, energetic and thoughtful leader like her. Let’s send her back to Madison!
I say this with the deepest sense of sincerity and respect that Robyn is truly an embodiment of how an ideal elected official carries herself. She is strong-willed, effective and above all, deeply rooted in her community. All of these skills make Robyn one of the best representatives in the state. I don’t mean that half-heartedly or out of spite, it’s been proven over and over that Robyn uses her power to fight for the people of the 14th, from her first piece of legislation to bring us fair legislative maps, to the Healthcare Heroes bill she just wrote and introduced to protect essential workers. Robyn truly wants to make Wisconsin a better place, not for herself, not for special interests, but for us, the people.
Zack is the kind of amazing father who will take a break in the middle of a work day to play hide and seek with his kids. He’s the kind of generous husband who insists his wife sleep in on weekends, even on Father’s Day. He’s the kind of loyal friend who is always there for you at the end of a hard day. He’s the rock of our family and his big heart is part of what makes Tosa so great!
Robyn truly cares. From keeping me updated on progress, to personally calling me to see if we needed anything during lockdown, to nominating me for an award (which I won!!), she has shown she listens and takes action to help and never gives up.
I am proudly voting for Robyn (again) in Nov 2020 because she is my State Rep that best represents myself and our family values. Both as a woman and a person of color, I strongly believe in Robyn’s political, professional, and personal beliefs and values. During these unprecedented times, life feels so uncertain and ever-changing. With her leadership and her drive to fight for what is right for all, I have confidence she will represent me as a voice that needs to be heard against the Wisconsin majority.