(The following was originally published in Eurasia Review.)
In a country long entrenched in a two-party political system, Mike Maturen faces an uphill battle.
He’s the 2016 presidential candidate for the little-known American Solidarity Party, which holds views rooted in Catholic social thought.
But while Maturen’s name won’t even be on the ballot in most states – he’s running a write-in campaign in several locations – he thinks this November is the time for Americans to voice their dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats alike, and create a better option.
Founded in 2011 as the Christian Democracy Party USA, the party later changed its name to better reflect its principles of Catholic Social Teaching.