“I lead because Grand Rapids deserves honest, hardworking representation and because when something needs to be done, I do it. I am moved to act on the side of justice, fairness, and equity, and believe that when I have an opportunity to serve, I should, even if others doubt me. When I first decided to run for office, a prominent Republican said, “She’s a nice lady, but she can’t win.” I proved him wrong – three times.
I lead because I have three daughters and I want them to assume that women belong in positions of power, and that we are not the exception, but the rule. I want to be a role model for them the way my mother was a role model for me – she did the best she could with what she had, always. She overcame many challenges in her life, and continues to be a blessing to those around her. (She also plays a mean game of Scrabble, like her mother before her!)
I think the best piece of advice I’ve received from a mentor is to assume that people have good intentions until they prove otherwise. Now that I’m a mentor myself, I tell the women I support that some problems are good to have, and that you should never hesitate to ask for the help you need. When necessary, “game it out”: play out the possibilities and, based on what you know, make a plan, and implement it with conviction. “
Rep. Winnie Brinks knows that when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. That’s why she believes in serving her community and strives to enhance the lives of those in it. She currently serves district 76 in the Michigan House of Representatives. Winning a seat in the Michigan State Senate in the 2018 election would make her the first female Senator from Grand Rapids in nearly 100 years.