Libertarian Monds smiles in defeat

“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

7 comments Add your comment

beachwriter

November 2nd, 2010
10:49 pm

I was extremely proud to cast my vote for John Monds! If only the thousands and thousands of Georgians who held their noses and believed their only choice was between Barnes and Deal had voted on conscience and principle, Monds could very well be making history tonight.

David

November 2nd, 2010
11:28 pm

I actually blame the media. The media gave such great coverage for Deal and Barnes, primarily with their mud slinging. CNN didn’t even list the Libertarian candidates until the voting began.
Also, the ballots listed candidates by position, party, and then last name. Listing Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and the rest. I’d like to know why.

in debt

November 3rd, 2010
12:05 am

Media is owned; its a business; and has an agenda – that agenda is to make money primarily. Who gets “covered” in a marketing, advertising, political campaign is a matter of money and influence. Those not “covered” can go away not winning and not holding domination over most of the economy. By design, this is an oligarchy – government by the few for the few as a result, that is, no matter how the presenters, in fact, “show” the views of what they define as news.

In this age of engineered financial and productive decline, in value, in output, in quality of life; we should look at the dollar. The central institution dominating the loss of value in the US dollar is the Federal Reserve Bank – which despite its pre-Orwellian name – is not public except by its statutory protection from Anti-trust law from being a monopoly. The “Fed” dictates the market and owns all of mortgage backed securities from the so-called government backed financial markets.

This election, regardless of the name changes, will not change the fundamental aspects of the US economy – no matter how its pitched. The pace of wealth, real estate, and store of value shall continue to concentrate unabated to the top few percent while what’s left of the middle class will continue down “The road to Serfdom”.

Tabia

November 3rd, 2010
12:49 am

You rarely get something when you fight for it. You more than likely will not get anything when you do not fight for it.

As stated by in debt “Who gets “covered” in a marketing, advertising, political campaign is a matter of money and influence.” Monds just did not have enough of either. Most people did not even hear of Monds.

Rob

November 3rd, 2010
6:52 am

It’ll be a long time before a libertarian has a real shot at winning, but it’s better to go down swinging than to just give up and let the good ‘ole boys win without a fight.

And it’s not just that the media is controlled or that people just didn’t hear about Monds or the other Libertarian candidates, but most people are just ignorant of libertarian ideals. We need to win hearts and minds before we start winning elections.

frank

November 3rd, 2010
7:10 am

In response to David;

The media is not to blame as their primary function is to make a profit, which print media like the AJC is having a hard time doing and staying in business in the new world of electronic communications. If you want to “blame someone” you should look no further than the Libertarian party as it is fragmented and does not have a uniform platform that will attract voters in larger quantities. Most candidates don’t offer anything other than “I’m different so vote for me!” Since the party has limited funds, it needs to get it’s uniform message out through guerrilla marketing over a period of time. It would be in the party’s best interest to start getting the message out for 2012 today using the internet for a viral campaign.

In response to in debt;

You are right that when you state “This election, regardless of the name changes, will not change the fundamental aspects of the US economy – no matter how its pitched. The pace of wealth, real estate, and store of value shall continue to concentrate unabated to the top few percent while what’s left of the middle class will continue down “The road to Serfdom”.” .

However IF the Libertarian party wants change they must change themselves through a uniform platform that addresses issues that they promote and not allow the other parties to dictate the issues. The Libertarian party should not simply being an alternate choice between the two primary parties and get this message out not just a month or two before the elections, but every day after an election until the next election through whatever means they can afford. The Libertarian party should have candidates on every ballot position so that no position goes unopposed. The internet could be used for a long term campaign for the Libertarian party, the question is will they do it, OR will they allow more opportunities to evaporate and people like myself that voted for some Libertarian candidates (that had a platform) to feel like we wasted our votes?

John Sholota

November 3rd, 2010
9:11 am

I’m also glad I cast my ballot yesterday for a cause that is genuine and actually wishes to improve our nation. Republicans and Democrats are both statist, they only approach the issues with a slightly different view…