“I’m still smiling,” said Libertarian gubernatorial candidate John Monds, at 9:30 p.m., as he joined the election night partiers gathered at the downtown Georgian Terrace. “We’ve had a great time, we’re excited, we want to see how it turns out.”
Monds and his family, including his mother Marva Stanton, arrived around 9 p.m., after driving from their home in Cairo. Georgia’s first African-American candidate for governor, Monds wasn’t expecting a win but said, “It would be nice to get in the teens, it would be great to get 20 percent.”
In the final analysis he said, “the exposure [of his candidacy] is going to do great things for the party.”
Monds’ family, including his wife, Kathaleena, and their four children, Malik, 4, Halima, 9, Cazembe, 11 and Akintunde, 13, assembled at a round table in the ornate hotel ballroom, and waited for returns.
Kathaleena said the campaign has been “one of the most educational experiences I’ve ever had, and I’m a PhD.”
She said her husband’s contact with voters has been inspiring. “It’s great to get out and meet the people who are changing the world.”
Around 9:45 p.m. Libertarian state party chairman Daniel Adams told the room that the party had crossed an important threshold, earning continued access to ballots for state offices. In each election cycle they need a minimum of 1 percent of registered voters, or 58,000 votes, to pick a Libertarian candidate to maintain that access, and by that point in the evening some 59,000 votes had been cast for Kira Willis as state superintendent.
- Bo Emerson