Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik (born October 30, 1974) is an American political activist for the Socialist Party USA. He was the party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
From October 2013 to October 2015, Soltysik served as National Co-Chair of the Socialist Party USA. Prior to that, he served as National Vice Chair from 2011 to 2013.
Soltysik graduated from Troy University and went on to study for an MPA degree at California State University, Northridge.
Soltysik was elected as the male co-chair of the Socialist Party USA for the 2013-2015 term at the party's 2013 national convention. He is also the chair of the Socialist Party of California.
In 2014, Soltysik was one of eight candidates in the primary for California's 62nd State Assembly district. Under California's nonpartisan blanket primary system, the top two candidates from the primary, regardless of party, advance to the general election. Soltysik finished in 7th place with 2.5% of the vote.
In October 2015, Soltysik filed a Federal lawsuit against the California Secretary of State because he had been required to list "Party Preference: None" on the 2014 primary ballot; the California election law allows candidates to list only a party preference of a qualified party or "None" on the ballot, and the Socialist Party was not a qualified party in California.
On October 17, 2015, the Socialist Party USA's national convention nominated Soltysik for president and Angela Nicole Walker for vice president. The party did not have automatic ballot access in any state.
Soltysik has been interviewed about socialist issues by web sites including MTV Hive and Bloomberg Politics.
Soltysik has been interviewed regarding his presidential bid in a number of outlets, including the Independent Voter Network, The North Star and the Hampton Institute.
In April 2016, Soltysik was interviewed on CNBC regarding growing support for socialism in the United States.
The Soltysik/Walker ticket received 2,704 total votes including write-ins.He also won 4.2% of the vote in U.S territory Guam, though Guam has no representation in the Electoral College (United States).