Soltysik was the co-chairman of Socialist Party USA from 2013 to 2015. He was vice chair from 2011 to 2013. Additionally, he was chairman of the California chapter of the party from 2011 to 2017. In 2014 he ran for California state assembly.
Socialist Party USA acknowledged the death on its official Twitter:
We are sad to report the passing this morning of former National Co-Chair & 2016 Socialist Party presidential nominee, Mimi Soltysik.
Rest in power, comrade. pic.twitter.com/IG8q5MOZbK
— The Socialist Party (@SPofUSA) June 28, 2020
His 2016 running mate, Angela Walker, who is now the running mate of 2020 Socialist Party USA nominee and Green Party presumptive nominee Howie Hawkins, tweeted:
Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik was a comrade and my dear friend. His compassion and intelligence made him a joy to know. I find it hard to accept that my friend is gone. Rest in love and power, Mimi.
— Angela Walker (@AngelaNWalker) June 28, 2020
Earlier this month Soltysik helped me get in touch with Walker for our recent Wikinews interview.
In 2016, the Soltysik/Walker ticket received 2,705 votes.