My name is Leah Spicer and I am running for the Wisconsin State Assembly as a representative in the 51st County. I use my experience as a community member, small business owner, mother from this area to fight for our rural communities in the State Capitol.
I am running because I love Wisconsin and our rural communities. Caring for his people, who – like me – have chosen to live here in the 51st. I have never felt more at home than here. For me, this is the most beautiful place in the world.
I believe that an even more vibrant, prosperous and prosperous future is possible for the 51st district. But we must fight for it.
The brighter 51st means providing the foundation for all its people. We need to have access to affordable healthcare, high-quality care for children and adults, investment and support for our small family farms and businesses, affordable housing, more funding for our rural public schools, access to clean, rural internet access, safe drinking water and a plan to protect and safeguard our agricultural land and our natural resources. These things are not political, they are essential, they are common sense.
I am now running for this post because we need a representative to start defending the brighter 51st today, as we face challenges like never before in our rural communities. Sometimes it feels like your life starts when your mortgage is paid off, when your children are at school, when your business is more stable. The truth is that our lives are happening right now, people are fighting right now, and if we don’t start fighting for the future right now, then it will be too late.
When I look back on my life and ask myself, “Did I do my best to create the best future for my children?” The answer to that question must be yes.
I always knew I wanted to go to public service, and I recently became an official on my city council. It is an honor for me to participate in politics at this hyper-local level. But at the same time, I began to feel uneasy about the lack of a Democratic candidate for the 51st. As we approached the deadline to get a candidate on the ballot, I felt I needed to step up. We are in a moment where every race matters and seeing the race remain unquestionable is not an option.
Although my opponent is a decent man, he is not opposed to his party, a party that is growing beyond the needs of ordinary working people, a party that is more concerned with division and destruction than with unification and building. There is so much at stake right now: our rural communities and the farms and small businesses that support them, voting rights, fair cards, reproductive rights, reasonable arms security, a stable climate / habitable planet. This is not a time to sit back and see what happens. This is a time when we must stand up and fight for human rights.
I was born and raised here in the city of Clyde, then went to college outside the Midwest – which only strengthened my love for our area and all it has to offer. After my partner Kyle and I started having children, I was drawn to return to my family farm in Wisconsin. I couldn’t imagine a better place to raise my family. I am a mother and owner of a small business, we are a working class family. We are happy in many ways, but we also face difficulties: finding childcare, paying for childcare, and more systemic problems such as access to health care, underfunded public schools (and, as a result, higher referendum taxes), the threat of climate change and its impact on farms, crumbling infrastructure, the mental health crisis, gun violence, manipulation, etc.
51st is an extremely competitive area. My opponent has held this position for the last four terms, and with each election he has increased his field of victory. To win I will need your help. You can donate money, send an email to your contact list, talk to your friends and neighbors, talk to your community at the local farmers market, and share my posts on social media. You can ask your friend the journalist to make a story about me, volunteer to knock on the door or the phone bank and invite me to an event you organize. You can wear a T-shirt with my name or a button, you can put a sign in the yard. If we turn this seat, this victory will not belong to me, it will belong to each of you who joined me in this battle. When we win, I will work as hard as you can – all of you, every 51st resident.
My partner Kyle and I live in the town of Clyde with our three young children, on the same 40-acre farm where I grew up. We own a locally focused restaurant in Spring Green that has provided 15 community-supported jobs. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to support local farms by purchasing meat, cereals and products from here in our region.