Socialist Equality Party Announces Presidential Ticket

FB_IMG_1461330197356From the SEP’s Facebook page:

The Socialist Equality Party has selected Jerry White as its presidential candidate and Niles Niemuth as its vice-presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. White and Niemuth will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in the United States and around the world.

Jerry White, 56, is the US labor editor of the World Socialist Web Site. He joined the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party, in 1979, while working at United Parcel Service and attending the City University of New York. For nearly four decades, as a writer and activist, Jerry has played a major role in the struggles of the working class. He was the SEP’s presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.

Niles Niemuth, 28, was raised in a working-class family in Wisconsin and became a member of the SEP during the 2011 mass protests against budget cuts imposed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Niles joined the staff of the WSWS after completing his master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he specialized in African-American history. Niemuth has written extensively on US social conditions, working-class struggles and the government’s assault on democratic rights.

8 thoughts on “Socialist Equality Party Announces Presidential Ticket

  1. Jeremy Siple Post author

    Not presently. In 2012 the party’s presidential ticket was on the ballot in Colorado, Louisiana, and Wisconsin.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Does anyone know whether, and if so to what extent, states have ballot access restrictions for presidential and vice-presidential candidates based on their constitutional eligibility — for example, being seven years too young as Niemuth is according to the article above?

  3. Jeremy Siple Post author

    It varies state by state. I’m fairly certain Colorado, Iowa, Utah, and Wisconsin require a presidential candidate to be constitutionally eligible, but states like Florida, Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey do not.

  4. Richard Winger

    In 1892, every state allowed the Prohibition Party vice-presidential nominee to be on the ballot (except that the party didn’t get on in South Dakota), even though he was under age 35. Back then election officials and the public generally understood that the true candidates in November are the candidates for presidential elector. Back then every state that had government-printed ballots listed the candidates for presidential elector on the ballot, and let voters vote for individual candidates for presidential elector. Most states also printed the names of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees on the ballot, above the list of elector candidates pledged to them. The fact that the Prohibition vice-presidential nominee, James Cranfill, was under age 35 as of the inauguration date of March 1893 was very well-known at the time. He was a somewhat well-known journalist in Texas.

  5. Richard Winger

    In 1972, these 20 states printed the Socialist Workers Party ticket of Linda Jenness and Andrew Pulley on their ballots. Jenness was 33 and Pulley was 19. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington. And California counted write-ins for Linda Jenness.

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