Soltysik served as co-chair of the Socialist Party USA prior to his nomination for president. He also ran for State Representative in 2014. Walker, who is a labor organizer and school bus driver, ran for sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin in 2014 as an independent socialist. She won 21% of the vote against Fox News pundit and Democrat David Clarke.
In June, the campaign filed for ballot access in the state of Illinois. Under Illinois law, 25,000 valid signatures are required to secure ballot access for independent and non-qualified alternative parties. However, this requirement is only enforced if a petition's validity is challenged by an Illinois voter. The Soltysik-Walker campaign, which submitted one signature, was challenged by "dissident" Green Party member Rob Sherman, who had also challenged the Socialist Party, Constitution Party and Justice Party petitions in 2012. Because the Soltysik campaign was found to have an insufficient number of signatures, it was removed from the Illinois ballot.
On July 28, the Michigan chapter of the Natural Law Party nominated Soltysik-Walker and gave the ticket its first ballot line in 2016.
On August 9, the campaign announced that it would be on the ballot in Colorado with the ballot label Socialist Party USA.
In September, the campaign became the only alternative party to be listed on the ballot in Guam.
Soltysik/Walker finished last in a field of 6 candidates with 2,246 votes in Michigan. The ticket earned 235 votes in Colorado, 21st place out of a crowded field of 22 on the ballot in that state. Overall, the campaign received 2,693 votes including write-ins.