March 11, 2011
For Immediate Release
|Micah Spicer, center, a senior from Wingo, Ky., is interning with Rep. Jody Richards (D- Bowling Green), right. Rep. Fred Nesler (D- Mayfield) helped Spicer get involved in politics. (Campbellsville University Photo by Christina Miller)|
By Christina Miller, office assistant
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Attending committee meetings as Kentucky House Bills are passed on to the Senate, sitting in the House chambers, responding to constituents, rubbing elbows with representatives and senators, left and right, and even the governor on occasion.
That is what Micah Spicer, a senior at Campbellsville University, gets to do every day at his internship with Rep. Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green).
| Micah Spicer stands in the House of
Representatives. His dream job is to
represent his hometown in Graves County.
(Campbellsville University Photo by Christina Miller)
Spicer, a native of Wingo, Ky. in Graves County, took interest in politics at an early age. A 7-year-old version of Spicer saw President Bill Clinton in his hometown campaigning for re-election with Al Gore. “They literally got off their bus, shook hands with everyone and left. That was pretty cool for a 7 year old to have the president of the United States right in front of me.”
The political science and pastoral ministries double major now serves as CU’s Student Government Association president. While his dream job is to return home to Graves County and run for state representative, whether that’s in five or 20 years, he hopes to do ministry work in some way at the same time.
While attending Graves County High School, from where he graduated in 2007, Spicer was a part of the Young Democrats Club. It was as a freshman that he made a trip to Frankfort to serve as a page with Rep. Fred Nesler (D-Mayfield). It was then that he became acquainted with Richards and “took a liking to him.”
Soon after, Spicer received a phone call from Richards saying he was looking at a “Micah Spicer for 2014” bumper sticker.
Spicer began his “campaign” by making bumper stickers as a junior in high school when he served as a chauffeur for Nesler during spring break.
“We started talking,” Spicer said, “and he jokingly asked me when I would be old enough to take over his job. Well, you have to be 25 at the time of election so we figured out it would be during the 2014 election.”
Nesler helped Spicer get the bumper stickers made while Spicer passed them out to friends and family. That is how Richards came upon the bumper sticker.
Spicer said his favorite part about the internship with Richards is “being around the political process, witnessing how legislation is drafted and works through the committees and chambers. I like seeing the process first hand, how it works opposed to reading it in a textbook.”
Richards said, “Micah has been terrific. He’s been very helpful in answering constituent e-mails and letters. We receive so many and it would be difficult to complete the task without help. Micah has a bright future.”
If Spicer does get his dream job of becoming a representative for his hometown, the most important thing he believes government can do is “to nurture the children of our state through education and meeting physical needs so they can dream and have a positive, brighter future,” he said.
Spicer is the son of Donald and Carolyn Spicer of LaCenter, Ky., and Mike and Becky Jones of Wingo, Ky. He plans on graduating from Campbellsville University in May, and plans to pursue a Master of Divinity from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in Georgetown.
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