My name is Leah Spicer and I am running for the Wisconsin State Assembly as a representative for the 51st District. I am taking my experience as a member of the community, as a small business owner, a mother, a native of this district, to fight for our rural communities in the State Capitol.
I’m running because I love Wisconsin and our rural communities. I care about the locals because, like me, they chose to live here in ’51. I’ve never felt more at home than here. For me this is the most beautiful place in the world.
I believe that a brighter, more prosperous and prosperous future is possible for District 51. But we have to fight for that.
51. Brighter means securing the foundations for all its people. We need to have access to affordable health care, high quality care for children and the elderly, investments and support for our family farming and small businesses, affordable housing, more funding for our rural public schools, access to cleanliness, access to rural internet, safe drinking water and . a plan to conserve and protect our agricultural land and our natural resources. These things are not political, they are essential, they are common sense.
I come to this seat now because we need a Representative to start advocating for a brighter 51 today, as we face challenges like never before in our rural communities. Sometimes it feels like your life starts when you pay off your mortgage, when your kids are in school, when your business is more stable. The truth is that our lives are happening right now, people are struggling right now, and if we don’t start fighting for the future right now, it will be too late.
When I look back on my life and ask myself, “Did I do everything in my power to create the best future for my children?” The answer to this question must be in the affirmative.
I always knew I wanted to join the public service, and I recently became my city secretary. I feel honored to be involved in politics at this hyper-local level. But at the same time, I began to feel uneasy about not being a Democratic candidate for the 51st. As the deadline for a challenger vote approached, I felt the need to take a step back. We are at a time when all races are important and watching a race without competing is not an option.
Although my opponent is a decent man, he does not oppose his party — a party that is far removed from the needs of everyday workers, rather than uniting and building what is responsible for dividing and demolishing it. There is so much at stake right now: our rural communities and the farms and small businesses that support them, voting rights, fair maps, reproductive rights, sensible gun safety, a stable / stimulating climate. This is not the time to sit down and see what happens. It is time for us to stand up and fight for the rights of the people.
I was born and raised here in Clyde Township, then went to college outside the Midwest, which strengthened my love for our surroundings and everything it has to offer. After my partner Kyle and I started having children, I was drawn to returning to my family farm in Wisconsin. I couldn’t have imagined a better place to raise my family. I am a mother and owner of a small business, we are a working family. We are happy in many ways, but we are also facing struggles: finding kindergartens, paying for kindergartens, as well as more systemic issues such as access to health care, poorly funded public schools (and consequently higher referendum taxes), the threat. the impact of climate change and farms, falling infrastructure, mental health crisis, gun violence, gerrymandering and so on.
51 is a highly competitive neighborhood. My opponent has held that seat for the last four terms and has extended his winning streak in every election. I need your help to win. 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 messages on social media. You can ask your journalist friend to tell me a story about me, volunteer at the door, or make a phone call, and invite me to an event you are organizing. You can wear a T-shirt with my name on it, or a button on a patio sign. If we turn this seat upside down, this victory will not be mine, it will be all of you who join me in this fight. When we win, I will work as hard as I can for all of you, every resident of District 51.
My partner Kyle and I live in Clyde Township with our three young children, I grew up on the same 40 acre farm. We own a local restaurant in Spring Green and have offered the community 15 paid jobs. We are very grateful to be able to help the local farms by buying meat, grains and products right here in our region.