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Michigan’s newest political party gets certified today

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Hering said there's blame to be placed on both mainstream political parties for the "tragic circumstances" in the state, like the Flint water crisis and the current state of the Detroit Public Schools.

If you find yourself dissatisfied with choices offered by the two mainstream political parties, you’ve got a new choice.

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Quoting Eugene V. Debs, a historic leader of the working class, Hering said, "I would rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want and get it.”

The Working Class Partygot itself onto the Michigan ballot after more than 50,000 people signed petitions. That’s more than the 31,566 signatures required by election law.

Mary Anne Hering of the Working Class Party joined Stateside to talk about the party’s platform, and introduce the candidates we’ll see on the ballot this November.

“We are a party of laboring population – whether we’re retirees, teachers, autoworkers, students, people on Social Security, people who are struggling to live with part-time jobs or contractual jobs or two-tiered jobs,” she said. “Two years ago some of us decided to let the voice of the working class be heard in the election. We don’t have to look any further than the crisis we see in the state of Michigan – Flint and the Detroit Public Schools.”

GUEST Mary Anne Hering is an organizer for Michigan's Working Class Party. Her name will appear on the ballot this November as a candidate for the State Board of Education.

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