Ben Schmitz of Sun Prairie, a software developer who serves in the National Guard, has filed more than 400 signatures to successfully qualify for a spot on the ballot in an upcoming Wisconsin special election. The contest to fill a vacancy in the District 13 seat of Wisconsin’s State Senate will include 4 Republicans, a Democrat, and 2 minor party candidates.
The district leans heavily Republican and became vacant when Senator Scott Fitzgerald was elected to the U.S. House in November of 2020.
Schmitz will be identified on the ballot with the American Solidarity Party label. The American Solidarity Party’s presidential ticket of Brian Carroll and Amar Patel received 5,259 votes or 0.16% in Wisconsin last November, outpolling the Constitution Party’s Don Blankenship by 113 votes.
The other minor party candidate in the race is Spencer Zimmerman who will be using the label “Trump Conservative” after initially flirting with a run for the Republican nomination. Zimmerman has been a frequent candidate for office with his most recent and most notable success coming in 2018 when he captured 28.5% of the vote in a 2-way GOP primary for the office of Secretary of State.
Zimmerman previously used the “Trump Conservative” label in a 2016 congressional bid where he finished third with 2.66% of the vote. That race was Speaker Paul Ryan’s final re-election campaign and Ryan won easily with 65% of the vote.