American Solidarity Party

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American Solidarity Party
AbbreviationASP
ChairpersonSkylar Covich[1]
Founded2011; 10 years ago (2011)
IdeologyChristian democracy[2][3]
Distributism[4]
Political positionSyncretic
Fiscal: Center-left
Social: Center-right[5]
ColorsOrange
Slogan"Common Good, Common Ground, Common Sense."[2]
Elected offices3[6][third-party source needed]
Election symbol
pelican
Website
www.solidarity-party.org Edit this at Wikidata

The American Solidarity Party (ASP) is a Christian democratic political party in the United States.[7][2][8] It was founded in 2011 and officially incorporated in 2016. The party has a Solidarity National Committee (SNC) and has numerous active state and local chapters.[2][9] Brian Carroll was the party’s nominee in the 2020 presidential election.

The ASP encourages social development along the lines of subsidiarity and sphere sovereignty, with a stated emphasis on "the importance of strong families, local communities, and voluntary associations".[10] As a socially conservative political party, they also have a stated policy of defending religious freedom.[3] The American Solidarity Party favors a social market economy,[8] and seeks "widespread economic participation and ownership" through supporting small business.[4] They also call for providing a safety net.[3][2] In order to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability, the ASP platform calls for conservation and a transition toward more renewable sources of energy, while rejecting population control measures.[8][3]

History[edit]

The ASP was founded in 2011 as the "Christian Democratic Party USA".[2] In 2012, the CDPUSA endorsed the independent candidacy of Joe Schriner for President.[11]

The name of the party was changed after the 2012 election to the "American Solidarity Party",[2] and a national committee was created for the purpose of drafting a platform and developing the party’s online presence. Kirk Morrison chaired the committee until late 2015. Stephen Beall, who drafted the original platform, became chair in 2016 and organized the party’s first online convention in July. He was succeeded by Matthew Bartko, who worked to incorporate the ASP as a legal entity and presided over the formation of numerous state chapters.[citation needed]

In December 2020, the American Solidarity Party joined the board of the Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE).[12]

Names and symbols[edit]

The party was founded in 2011 as the Christian Democratic Party USA. Shortly after the 2012 election, the CDP USA renamed itself the American Solidarity Party.[2]

The ASP mascot is the pelican, a traditional symbol of charity.[13] The party’s political color is orange, as with other Christian Democratic political parties.

Some members of the American Solidarity Party refer to themselves as Solidarists.[14]

Ideology and influences[edit]

Members of the American Solidarity Party gathered at the Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek, Ohio for the 2017 ASP Midwestern Regional Meeting.

The American Solidarity Party has been characterized as conservative on social issues while supporting some government intervention in economic matters.[15] The ASP's 2016 presidential nominee, Mike Maturen, has characterized the party as "centrist",[5] as has The Irish Times.[16]

Membership and leadership in the American Solidarity Party is open to people of all backgrounds, creeds, etc. The American Solidarity Party adheres to the ideology of Christian democracy,[7] which has been influenced by Catholic social teaching and Neo-Calvinist theology.[17][18][7] As such, the ASP looks to the Christian Democratic movements in Europe and the Americas,[19] and to American religious populists such as Martin Luther King Jr.[20] As the name indicates, the American Solidarity Party draws its inspiration from Solidarity, founded by Lech Wałęsa in 1980. In addition, the ASP shares the socially conservative positions of the Netherlands' Anti-Revolutionary Party, founded by Dutch prime minister and Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper in 1879.[21]

Daniel Silliman writes that the American Solidarity Party, as with other Christian democratic political parties, draws from Catholic social teaching and Neo-Calvinist theology.[22] In the same vein, David McPherson says that the American Solidarity Party "affirm[s] ... the full spectrum of Catholic social teaching (namely, the teachings regarding the sanctity of human life, the common good, subsidiarity, religious freedom, solidarity, etc.)," contrasting the ASP to both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, each of which recognizes only some of these items.[23] Its strongest support is in California, Ohio, and Texas, according to the Madera Tribune (of Madera, California).[19]

Elections[edit]

2016[edit]

Presidential election[edit]

ASP ballot status in 2016
  On ballot
  Write-in
  Not on ballot

During the 2016 presidential election season, the American Solidarity Party held an online convention on July 9, 2016, which nominated Amir Azarvan of Georgia for president and Mike Maturen of Michigan for vice-president.[24][25][26][13] However, Azarvan subsequently withdrew, and in response the ticket was revised, with Maturen running for president and Juan Muñoz of Texas running for vice-president.[23][19][24][27][13]

For the 2016 election, the American Solidarity Party was listed on the ballot in Colorado.[28] It was a certified write-in option in Alabama,[29] California,[30] Georgia,[31] Iowa,[29] Kansas,[32] Kentucky,[33] Maryland,[34] Michigan,[35] Minnesota, New Hampshire,[29] New Jersey,[29] Ohio,[36] Oregon,[29][37] Pennsylvania,[29] Rhode Island,[29] Texas,[38] Vermont,[29] and Washington.[39] Maturen received 6,697 reported votes, not including states that didn't report votes for him.[40]

2017[edit]

New Jersey legislative election[edit]

For the November 2017 off-year elections, the American Solidarity Party ran a candidate for New Jersey legislature, Monica Sohler, in the 6th district. She received 821 votes.[41]

2018[edit]

California Governor[edit]

ASP 2018 CA Gubernatorial Votes by County by Percentage

Desmond Silveira, a software engineer, was formerly national committee member of the American Solidarity Party, the campaign manager for the Maturen-Muñoz 2016 campaign, vice chair of the ASP, and director of operations for the party. In 2018, he ran for governor, receiving 4,633 votes in the election.[42][43]

California's 22nd congressional district[edit]

Brian T. Carroll ran against Devin Nunes for California's 22nd congressional district as an American Solidarity candidate, receiving 1,591 votes in the election.[44][45]

2020[edit]

Congressional election[edit]

Shane Ian Hoffman ran as the ASP's candidate in Ohio's 15th Congressional District. He did not make the ballot and was a write-in candidate.[46]

Presidential election[edit]

ASP ballot status in 2020
  On ballot
  Write-in certified
  Not on ballot

In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Brian Carroll, Joe Schriner, and Joshua Perkins announced their candidacies for the ASP nomination. Carroll was declared the winner of the nomination on September 9, 2019.[47][48]

For the 2020 election, the American Solidarity Party was on the ballot in Arkansas,[49] Colorado[50] Guam, Illinois,[51] Louisiana,[52] Mississippi,[53] Rhode Island,[54] Vermont[55] and Wisconsin.[56]

It was a certified write-in option in Alabama,[57] Alaska,[58] California,[59] Connecticut,[60] Delaware,[61] Florida,[62] Georgia,[63] Idaho, Indiana,[64] Iowa,[57] Kansas, Kentucky,[65] Maryland,[66] Massachusetts,[67] Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire,[57] New Jersey,[57] New York, North Dakota, Ohio,[68][69] Oregon, Pennsylvania,[57] Tennessee, Texas,[70] Utah,[71] Virginia,[72] Washington, and Wyoming.

Results[edit]

2021[edit]

Wisconsin legislative special election[edit]

Benjamin Schmitz will be on the ballot for the April 6th legislative special election for the 13th State Senate district.[73]

Presidential tickets[edit]

Election Name Experience Home state Running Mate Home state Experience Campaign
Announcement date
Votes
2016 Mike Maturen
replacing Amir Azarvan
Businessman Flag of Michigan.svg
Michigan
Juan Muñoz
replacing Mike Maturen
Flag of Texas.svg
Texas
Businessman
FEC Filing[74]
6,797 (0%)
0 EV
2020 Brian T. Carroll - head shot .75 aspect ratio.png
Brian Carroll
Teacher
Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from CA-22 in 2018
Flag of California.svg
California
Amar Right Clean.jpg
Amar Patel
Flag of Illinois.svg
Illinois
Former Party Chairman Carroll Patel 2020 Logo.svg
Campaign: April 2, 2019[75]
Nomination: September 9, 2019
FEC Filing[76]
38,614 (0.02%)
0 EV [77]

Presidential election ballot access and results[edit]

History of American Solidarity Party ballot access and results by state or territory
2016 2020
States & D.C. 1 (25) 8 (39)
Electoral votes 9 (323) 66 (463)
Alabama Unreported Unreported
Alaska Unreported Unreported
Arizona
Arkansas 1,713[78]
California 1,316[79] 2,605[80]
Colorado 862[81] 2,515[82]
Connecticut 220[83]
Delaware 87[84]
District of Columbia
Florida 854[85]
Georgia 151[86] 756[87][a]
Guam (advisory) 138[89]
Hawaii
Idaho 35[90][b] 163[91]
Illinois 9,548[92]
Indiana 893[93]
Iowa Unreported Unreported
Kansas 214[94] 583[95][b]
Kentucky 155[96] 408[97]
Louisiana 2,497[98]
Maine
Maryland 504[99] 795[100]
Massachusetts 164[101][c]
Michigan 517[102] 963[103]
Minnesota 244[104] 1,037[105]
Mississippi 1,161[106]
Missouri 664[107]
Montana
Nebraska Unreported Unreported
Nevada
New Hampshire Unreported Unreported
New Jersey Unreported 330[108][d][b]
New Mexico
New York 409[110] 892[111]
North Carolina
North Dakota Unreported 36[112][b]
Ohio 552[113] 1,450[114]
Oklahoma
Oregon Unreported Unreported
Pennsylvania Unreported 1,164[b]
Rhode Island 34[115] 767[116]
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee 762[117]
Texas 1,401[118] 3,207[119]
Utah 368[120]
Vermont 19[121] 209[122]
Virginia Unreported Unreported
Washington Unreported 18[e]
West Virginia
Wisconsin 284[123] 5,259[124]
Wyoming Unreported
Total 6,697 42,286
Legend
Listed on ballot
Registered as write-in candidate
Write-in candidates allowed without registration
Not a candidate in the state/DC
  1. ^ This table reflects the results certified by Fulton County which were released after those certified by the state for other counties.[88]
  2. ^ a b c d e May have received write-in votes, which have not yet been reported by the state.
  3. ^ Compiled from results reported by local governments.
  4. ^ Compiled from results reported by counties.[109]
  5. ^ Skagit County was the only county to count write-in votes.

Notable party supporters[edit]

See also[edit]

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