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American Solidarity Party

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American Solidarity Party
ChairpersonSkylar Covich[1]
Founded2011; 9 years ago (2011)
IdeologyChristian democracy[2][3]
Political positionSyncretic
Fiscal: Center-left
Social: Center-right[5]
Slogan"Common Good, Common Ground, Common Sense."[2]
Elected offices3[citation needed]
Election symbol
Website Edit this at Wikidata

The American Solidarity Party (ASP) is a Christian democratic political party in the United States.[6][2][7] 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][8] 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".[9] 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,[7] 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.[7][3]


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.[10]

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]

Names and symbols

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.[11] 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.[12]

Ideology and influences

Members of the American Solidarity Party gathered at the Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek, Ohio for the 2017 ASP Midwestern Regional Meeting.
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.[13] The ASP's 2016 presidential nominee, Mike Maturen, has characterized the party as "centrist",[5] as has The Irish Times.[14]

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,[6] which has been influenced by Catholic social teaching and Neo-Calvinist theology.[15][16][6] As such, the ASP looks to the Christian Democratic movements in Europe and the Americas,[17] and to American religious populists such as Martin Luther King Jr.[18] 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.[19]

Daniel Silliman writes that the American Solidarity Party, as with other Christian democratic political parties, draws from Catholic social teaching and Neo-Calvinist theology.[20] 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.[21] Its strongest support is in California, Ohio, and Texas, according to the Madera Tribune (of Madera, California).[17]



Presidential election

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ASP ballot status in 2016
  On ballot
  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.[22][23][24][11] 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.[21][17][22][25][11]

For the 2016 election, the American Solidarity Party was listed on the ballot in Colorado.[26] It was a certified write-in option in Alabama,[27] California,[28] Georgia,[29] Iowa,[27] Kansas,[30] Kentucky,[31] Maryland,[32] Michigan,[33] Minnesota, New Hampshire,[27] New Jersey,[27] Ohio,[34] Oregon,[27][35] Pennsylvania,[27] Rhode Island,[27] Texas,[36] Vermont,[27] and Washington.[37] Maturen received 6,697 reported votes, not including states that didn't report votes for him.[38]


New Jersey legislative election

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.[39]


California Governor

ASP 2018 CA Gubernatorial Votes by County by Percentage
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.[40][41]

California's 22nd congressional district

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.[42][43]


Congressional election

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.[44]

Presidential election

ASP ballot status in 2020   On ballot   Write-in certified   Not on ballot
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.[45][46]

For the 2020 election, the American Solidarity Party was on the ballot in Arkansas,[47] Colorado[48] Guam, Illinois,[49] Louisiana,[50] Mississippi,[51] Rhode Island,[52] Vermont[53] and Wisconsin.[54]

It was a certified write-in option in Alabama,[55] Alaska,[56] California,[57] Connecticut,[58] Delaware,[59] Florida,[60] Georgia,[61] Idaho, Indiana,[62] Iowa,[55] Kansas, Kentucky,[63] Maryland,[64] Massachusetts,[65] Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire,[55] New Jersey,[55] New York, North Dakota, Ohio,[66][67] Oregon, Pennsylvania,[55] Tennessee, Texas,[68] Utah,[69] Virginia,[70] Washington, and Wyoming.

State Status Votes Percentage Ref.
Ala. Write-in Not counted [a]
Alaska Write-in
Ariz. Not on ballot
Ark. On ballot
Calif. Write-in
Colo. On ballot
Conn. Write-in 217 0.01 [71]
Del. Write-in 87 0.02 [72][73]
Fla. Write-in 854 0.01 [74]
Ga. Write-in
Idaho Write-in
Ill. On ballot
Ind. Write-in 893 0.0 [75]
Iowa Write-in
Kan. Write-in
Ky. Write-in 408 0.02 [76]
La. On ballot 2,497 0.12 [77]
Maine Not on ballot
Md. Write-in
Mass. Write-in
Mich. Write-in 963 0.02 [78]
Minn. Write-in
Miss. On ballot
Mo. Write-in
Nebr. Write-in
N.H. Write-in Not counted [b]
N.J. Write-in
N.Y. Write-in
N.D. Write-in
Ohio Write-in 1,450 0.02 [79]
Ore. Write-in
Pa. Write-in
R.I. On ballot 767 0.1 [80]
Tenn. Write-in 762 [81]
Texas Write-in 2,274 0.02 [82]
Utah Write-in 368 0.02 [83]
Vt. On ballot 209 0.06 [84]
Va. Write-in Not counted [a]
Wash. Write-in
Wis. On ballot
Wyo. Write-in Not counted [a]

Presidential tickets

Election Name Experience Home state Running Mate Home state Experience Campaign
Announcement date
Votes Ref.
2016 Mike Maturen
replacing Amir Azarvan
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Juan Muñoz
replacing Mike Maturen
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FEC Filing[85]
6,797 (0%)
0 EV
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Brian Carroll
Independent candidate for U.S. Representative from CA-22 in 2018
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Amar Patel
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Former Party Chairman
Carroll Patel 2020 Logo.svg

Campaign: April 2, 2019
Nomination: September 9, 2019
FEC Filing[86]

Presidential ballot access

History of American Solidarity Party ballot access by state or territory
2016 2020
States & D.C. 1 (25) 8 (39)
Electoral votes 9 (323) 66 (463)
Alabama (write-in)
Alaska (write-in)
Arizona Not on ballot
Arkansas Not on ballot On ballot
California (write-in)
Colorado On ballot
Connecticut Not on ballot (write-in)
Delaware Not on ballot (write-in)
District of Columbia Not on ballot (write-in pending)
Florida Not on ballot (write-in)
Georgia (write-in)
Guam (advisory) Not on ballot On ballot
Hawaii Not on ballot
Idaho (write-in)
Illinois Not on ballot On ballot
Indiana Not on ballot (write-in)
Iowa (write-in)
Kansas (write-in)
Kentucky (write-in)
Louisiana Not on ballot On ballot
Maine Not on ballot
Maryland (write-in)
Massachusetts Not on ballot (write-in)
Michigan (write-in)
Minnesota (write-in)
Mississippi Not on ballot On ballot
Missouri Not on ballot (write-in)
Montana Not on ballot
Nebraska (write-in)
Nevada Not on ballot
New Hampshire (write-in)
New Jersey (write-in)
New Mexico Not on ballot
New York (write-in)
North Carolina Not on ballot
North Dakota (write-in)
Ohio (write-in)
Oklahoma Not on ballot
Oregon (write-in)
Pennsylvania (write-in)
Rhode Island (write-in) On ballot
South Carolina Not on ballot
South Dakota Not on ballot
Tennessee Not on ballot (write-in)
Texas (write-in)
Utah Not on ballot (write-in)
Vermont (write-in) On ballot
Virginia (write-in)
Washington (write-in)
West Virginia Not on ballot (write-in)
Wisconsin (write-in) On ballot
Wyoming Not on ballot (write-in)
  1. ^ a b c Write-in votes for candidates are not counted separately in this state and are instead reported together.
  2. ^ Candidates who received less than 10 write-in votes were not counted separately.

Notable party supporters

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