Mary Anne Hering, Working Class Party candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, was interviewed by WWMT News. Her responses were posted to WWMT.com and are reproduced below.
Occupation: Community college teacher since 1973
Hometown: Born in St. Paul, Minnesota; has lived in Detroit and Dearborn since 1975
Years in elected office: None
Political experience: Politically active, in the working class, since 1975. This activity has not been on an electoral level, but on being in the service of workers trying to organize, on a day-to-day basis, in their workplaces, for their rights. Starting in 2014, I ran for the Dearborn School Board, and obtained 20 percent of the vote. In 2016, after several dozen of us collected 50,000 signatures to obtain ballot status, we got a third party on the ballot: the Working Class Party. Despite being a new party, we won almost a quarter of a million votes. And we did it without money from wealthy people who run this society and with little attention paid by the big media.
Qualifications: We wanted to put up more candidates to reach out to a larger part of the ordinary working population so they have a way to express their concerns politically, in unity: black and white, old and young, women and men, immigrant and native-born. I am one of 11 candidates with the Working Class Party this year. We say that we can’t change the situation with an election, by itself. It will take a fight, a social response, from the laboring population. But we can use this election to make the voices of working people heard.