Mimi Soltysik, former Socialist Party National Co-Chair and its 2016 presidential nominee, passed away on June 28, 2020. He was 45 years old.
As a member of the Socialist Party for nine years beginning in 2010, Mimi served the party in several different capacities. He was the Party’s National Vice Co-Chair from 2011 to 2013 while concurrently serving as 2012 presidential nominee Stewart Alexander’s campaign manager. Mimi was then elected to serve as National Co-Chair in 2013, a position he held for two years. After that, he served on the National Committee from 2015 to 2017. He also contributed to the party by serving for some time as its New Member Coordinator.
Mimi was also a key figure in the Socialist Party of California’s rechartering and served as its chair from 2011 to 2017. Locally, he was involved with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and worked for the Maggie Phair Institute.
Most widely remembered as the Socialist Party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Mimi made numerous memorable appearances on media outlets such as CNBC and Fox News. In these appearances, he was resolute in his defense of the socialist vision.
He was a fierce advocate for the marginalized and the oppressed. He did not care much for the sectarian nature of the left. He was committed to the fundamental socialist principle of rejecting the dual parties of capitalism. For these reasons and many more, Mimi Soltysik will always be remembered.