BREWER - Working class candidates running for public office, was the topic of discussion Wednesday night at the Eastern Maine Labor Council, with a Duke University professor a featured panelist.
Nicholas Carnes' (Ph.D.) research focuses on how a shortage of working class people in American legislatures leads to policies that empower the wealthy.
Among the questions debated, what barriers do working class people face that prevent them from seeking office, and what changes must take place to make entering public office more achievable.
"I hope that voters will look at their ballot, will find out who the candidates are, and will ask their political leaders to give them more working class choices at the polls," Carnes, an assistant professor of Public Policy, says.
Carnes is scheduled to lecture tomorrow at the University of Maine from 12:30-1:45 pm in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union, on the cost of campaigning.