Jerry White for President
Jerry White, 52, has been active in the socialist movement for more than three decades. He was raised in a working class family in Queens, New York. In 1979, he joined the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party, while working at United Parcel Service and attending the City University of New York.
In 2008, White ran for president in opposition to Barack Obama and John McCain. As the SEP candidate, he traveled throughout the US and Europe to explain the significance of the September 2008 financial crash. Workers would have to develop their own socialist response to the crisis, the SEP warned, because whether a Democrat or Republican won the election they would make the working class pay for the breakdown of capitalism.
Since Obama’s election, White has played a major role in the SEP’s fight against the administration’s attack on auto workers, during the mass protests in Wisconsin, and the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the struggle of locked-out Cooper Tire workers in Ohio.
Phyllis Scherrer for Vice President
Phyllis Scherrer, 48, has been a schoolteacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area for the last fifteen years. She has been a socialist and a fighter for the working class for her entire adult life. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Phyllis grew up in a working class family and was raised by her mother, a custodian for a local phone company.
As a writer for the WSWS and a member of the Socialist Equality Party, Phyllis has been involved in the fight to defend public education from the attacks of the Bush and Obama administrations. From Bush's "No Child Left Behind," to Obama's "Race to the Top," the ruling class in the United States has been engaged in a wholesale attack on the ideal that everyone should have access to quality education as a basic need of the population. She has fought to connect the struggles of teachers and young people to a political movement of the working class against the capitalist system.