Meet our Staff
Get to know the people behind the movement!
& Federal Candidates
The leadership of the American Solidarity Party is made up of dedicated volunteers. Men and women who, like many, were searching for a better political party. Hopefully you will join us in building a strong foundation for our party, a foundation that will help us to elect well-qualified men and women to local positions across the country in the next two years. Please feel free to contact any of our candidates or National Committee Members by emailing them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Matthew Bartko grew up as a member of the Baptist Church and remains active in his local church. In college he studied secondary education before switching to sociology. Since then he has worked in sales and customer services. Just over three years ago he met the love of his life, and married her six months later – a choice that still brings him joy each day.
He has always been fascinated with politics, sociology, anthropology, religion, and psychology, spending most of his spare time in readings and discussions on those subjects. Several years ago he became frustrated with the seeming lack of caring from Republicans, and the sense of amorality from the Democrats. Finding himself politically “homeless” he researched his options and eventually settled on the American Solidarity Party. He now dedicates his time to growing the party and ensuring its future endeavors.
Desmond is currently working as the American Solidarity Party vice-chair, the campaign manager for the Maturen-Muñoz 2016 campaign, and is helping to set up state chapters and general recruiting for the party. He is a practicing Catholic, professional software engineer, a husband, and a father of seven children. Born in Zambia and of Indian (Goan) descent, he has lived in southern California since he was one-year-old. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in computer science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Desmond has worked at various companies and organizations including GE, JPL, YellowPages.com, Los Angeles Times, and Disney.
He is socially conservative and fiscally moderate, and had spent his adult life as a Republican until the 2016 election season, when he discovered the American Solidarity Party. Desmond has been involved at different times with various ministries at his parish including CCD, Familia, and Cub Scouts. In his free time, Desmond enjoys playing video games with his kids.
Jim was born and raised in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 and in 1982 both in Political Science from University of Washington. In 1982 he enrolled in a joint degree program at the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Master’s Degree in Economics and a law degree, both in 1986. He has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Legislation. Jim has worked as a practicing lawyer since 1986. He has served as a King County Deputy Prosecutor and later entered private practice as a union labor lawyer. In 1994, he started his own law firm now known as Cline and Casillas, which has become one of the leading law firms on the West Coast that specialize in representing Public Safety employees. He has been involved in various federal, state and local political campaigns over the years. In 2001 he was a candidate for Seattle City Attorney. Jim joined the ASP after finding that values based platform provided a new political home for himself as well as millions and millions of Americans who have been marginalized by the two major parties.
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas; Amy attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where she double majored in Theatre and History, with a minor in Communication. She received her teaching certification in 2008, and has been a teacher since that time. She has taught both high school and middle school, focusing on Theatre Arts and Professional Communications. She and her husband have been married for ten years and have four children. Previously an ardent Democrat, Amy converted to Catholicism in 2010 and slowly realized that important aspects of her faith were not compatible with her voting practices. Still believing in the importance of community and fellowship, she felt distanced from both major parties. Finally, she joined the ASP. In addition to teaching, she volunteers off and on at her local parish, though most of her free time is spent with her children, who range in age from 9 months to 8 years old.
James Lomuscio is a Distributist entrepreneur from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is serving the National Committee’s Vice Treasurer. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Lomuscio is co-founder and CEO of both Hability, a Health IT company Hability which organizes and automates patient follow-up on behalf of outpatient medical facilities, and 7 Birds, a Distributist, worker owned lawn-game company. Mr. Lomuscio also serves on the Advisory Circle of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives.
In addition to working to formalize the party’s fundraising and strategic vision, Mr. Lomuscio is working to organize a coalition of other “third parties” to lobby for the adoption of alternative election methods in Pittsburgh and to share the lessons of the “Pittsburghers for a Better Ballot” initiative as a model for other local ASP chapters. James, his wife Emily, and their two sons are members of St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church in Pittsburgh.
Skylar Covich is currently a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in New Jersey, he later moved with his family to New York and then the far north of California. He has been totally blind since birth. Covich earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2009 with a Major in Politics and a Minor in Religious Studies, and he received an MA in political science from UC Santa Barbara in 2012.
Covich has conducted research and taught undergraduate courses on interest groups in American politics. He is particularly interested in the impact of religious organizations on economic policy and anti-poverty legislation. Before finding the ASP, he had planned to focus his academic career on researching the possibility of whether a socially conservative party with more progressive or moderate views on other issues might be viable in the United States. He will assist the American Solidarity Party with demographic data analysis, local and state organization, and ballot access. Covich has presented his research at numerous conferences, including the American Political Science Association and the Calvin College Symposium on Religion and Public Life.
Covich lives with his wife in Ventura, California. At around the same time he became involved with the American Solidarity Party, he also began another new activity; singing in the choir of his Catholic parish.