Naomi Spencer will campaign for a socialist program to oppose the Depression-like conditions in the coal mining state

HUNTINGTON – June 23, 2016 – The Socialist Equality Party announces that Naomi Spencer is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 16. Her campaign team is currently collecting signatures to get on the ballot.

Along with the SEP’s presidential candidate Jerry White, Spencer will provide workers and young people with a socialist alternative to capitalism and its corporate-controlled political system.

After extracting trillions in profits from generations of miners and other workers, the global energy giants, coal bosses and bankers have left West Virginia in a state of economic, social and environmental ruin. Workers all over the US and around the world face the same problems: the danger of world war, attacks on democratic rights and soaring social inequality.

The history of the class struggle in West Virginia — from the Mine Wars of the 1920s and 1930s to the miners’ rebellions of the 1960s and 1970s — proves that nothing can be won without mass struggle. However, the United Mine Workers contained these struggles within the Democratic Party and the capitalist system.

The union’s policies have led to a catastrophe for the working class. Spencer, campaigning in downtown Huntington, spoke to an unemployed youth whose father was a retired miner. Spencer explained, “The UMWA has become a tool of the coal bosses. In fact, the union is backing Democratic frontrunner for governor Jim Justice, a coal baron and the state’s richest man. That’s why we need to build a genuine socialist party, uniting workers here and worldwide.”

In the US presidential primaries tens of millions of workers and young people showed they are looking for an alternative to the big business politics of the Democratic and Republican parties. Bernie Sanders — who described himself as a “democratic socialist” — won 51.4 percent of the vote over Hillary Clinton’s 35.8 percent in West Virginia. Sanders, however, is wrapping up his campaign and getting ready to back Clinton, a warmonger and shill for Wall Street.

Spencer’s campaign will give a voice to all workers fighting to defend their jobs and living conditions, to young people drowning in debt, to those who are sick of endless war.

Candidate Bio

Naomi Spencer, 38, is a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party. She is a regular contributor to the World Socialist Web Site and has been a member of the SEP since 2005. A graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky with a degree in art, Spencer works as a web designer and writer. She lives in Huntington with her husband and two sons.

For more information, visit Socialist Equality Party Spencer Campaign. You can also contact the candidate and schedule an interview: spencer@wsws.org.