In October 2015, Soltysik filed a Federal lawsuit against the California Secretary of State because he had been required to list "Party Preference: None" on the 2014 primary ballot; the California election law allows candidates to list only a party preference of a qualified party or "None" on the ballot, and the Socialist Party was not a qualified party in California.
On October 17, 2015, the Socialist Party USA's national convention nominated Soltysik for president and Angela Nicole Walker for vice president. The party did not have automatic ballot access in any state.
Soltysik has been interviewed regarding his presidential bid in a number of outlets, including the Independent Voter Network, The North Star and the Hampton Institute.
In April 2016, Soltysik was interviewed on CNBC regarding growing support for socialism in the United States.
The Soltysik/Walker ticket received 2,704 total votes including write-ins.He also won 4.2% of the vote in U.S territory Guam, though Guam has no representation in the Electoral College (United States).