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American Solidarity Party Candidate Qualifies for Wisconsin Senate Special Election

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.


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  1. Richard Winger Richard Winger January 14, 2021

    The reason I am sure is that I have a Nov. 2020 Wisconsin sample ballot.

  2. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy Post author | January 14, 2021

    Good to know, thanks Richard. The Wisconsin Elections Commission document I saw identified him as “Independent, American Solidarity Party” but I’m glad that it doesn’t appear on the actual ballot that way.

  3. Richard Winger Richard Winger January 14, 2021

    The Wisconsin ballot label for Ben Schmitz will be solely “American Solidarity”. The word “independent” will not appear. In Wisconsin, candidates who use the independent procedure (which Schmitz did) not only have the right to choose a short partisan label; that is their only label. Even though the election returns say “independent”, the ballot does not.

    For instance, the Wisconsin November 2020 ballot shows “Brian Carroll/Amar Patel” for president and vice-president. The word “independent” is not on the ballot next to their name; their only label is “American Solidarity Party.”

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