November 4, 2008
Young family votes for those who cannot
LeiLani Camacho may be the youngest person at the polls in Racine today. The three-week-old baby came with Mom, Vanessa Tellez, and Dad, Roberto Camacho, to vote at Festival Park.
I joked LeiLani was on her way to being a politician, and Vanessa jumped right in.
"She better be," she said. "She better grow up to be something."
There was a kindness to the answer, but also a fierce determination. Voting for Vanessa and Roberto, both 21, is not something to take for granted.
When asked why they voted, Vanessa answered: "We have the right to. It's a right we had to fight for."
She added: "We also voted today for all of the people who can't vote."
Roberto saw voting as critically important.
"It's the way to a better life," he said.