Libertarians on the November ballot

Yesterday was the annual convention for the Libertarian Party of Georgia. This is where officers and the Executive Committee are selected by the body. Being an election year, we also went through the task of nominating our slate of candidates for November.

Here they are:

  • US Senate: Chuck Donovan
  • Governor: John Monds
  • Lt. Governor: Rhonda Martini
  • Attorney General: Don Smart
  • Secretary of State: David Chastain
  • School Superintendent: Kira Willis
  • Insurance Commissioner: Shane Bruce
  • Agriculture Commissioner: Kevin Cherry
  • Labor Commissioner: William Costa
  • PSC (2nd District): Jim Sendelbach
  • HD-59: Brad Ploeger*

We also handed out two endorsements in special elections on May 11th.

David Montané will be running in SD-42, which was left vacant by the resignation of State Sen. David Adelman (D-Decatur). Adelman was selected by President Barack Obama to be the ambassador to Singapore.

The other endorsement was given to Brandon Givens, who is running in SD-49, the seat left vacant by the resignation of State Sen. Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville). Hawkins entered the special election in Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District.

*petitioning requirement must be met


    • Jeff says:

      John Monds, 26%

      He does that, and not only will we have gained our long-sought equal standing with the Democans and Republicrats, but it is also likely that HE would be the second person in the runoff at that point.

  1. Andre says:

    Glad to see a full slate of Libertarians on the ballot this fall for the statewide elections.

    May the best candidate win.

  2. Jane says:

    The 1970’s Libertarians called for no borders or min wage in order to reduce gov regulations and lower the cost of labor. This might have been a worthy goal in the 1970’s, but open borders should be soundly rejected today. Beleive it or not there is a moderate wing in the libertrian party ala Boortz that opposes open borders and wants to fight those who attack us, but many libertarians are still purists.

    • Republican Lady says:


      What are the basic Libertarian beliefs as your group interpretes them? Just curious.

    • macho says:

      I’m for open borders, but only without all the government give-away programs. You can’t have both open borders and a social welfare state, the two are completely incompatible.

      • ByteMe says:

        You can, but you have to limit the give-aways to those who have attained citizenship and everyone else pays cash.

        Not saying that’s the right answer (or even an answer I believe in), but it’s an answer.

  3. drjay says:

    not a libertarian, but i am sympathetic to some of their ideals, and as someone interested in such things, i have always thought special elections were a great place for them to get those ideals out there without the added task of having to petition themselves onto the ballot…i also wonder why they do not appear to be more involved in the myriad of non partisan races around the state, a win in a few of those and you begin to build a bench for the attempts at higher office…

    • Chris says:

      The reason they don’t do that drjay, is that as soon as the LP elects someone they’d have to govern. And Governing is hard. It requires compromises. Easier to make excuses.

  4. Jane says:

    In the formative years of the party, Libertarians not only opposed governmental social control, but also minimal governmental economic control. When I was young, many many years ago, this meant an almost laissez-faire economic environment reminiscent of the 1800’s. The response to poverty was to reduce those laws that hindered the ability of employers to hire workers. This meant no minimum wage and no border controls restricting the movement of workers. Without social programs, there would be no incentive for the unemployed workers to stay in the country. But, with no min wage, even low skilled workers might be able to find work. Second wave libertarians tend not to be so absolutist.

    I am more of a Liberty Republican than a pure libertarian.

  5. Hank Reardan says:

    It requires compromises. Easier to make excuses.
    Man Chris we sure do miss in the party no really we miss you no really we miss you
    Maybe one day when I sale my soul I will give you a call.
    We know where we stand and some also help other freedom candidates not in the LP.But for me they fit my beliefs
    If you are Christain you dont become Hindu just because there are more of them you stay with what is right
    Yes we win very few races across the nation but I did not have to choose between Mccain and Obama

      • Hank Reardan says:

        Yes Byte me and the demoncrats have done such a great job I would bet 10-1 the average Libertarian has better understanding of the economy then the democrats and 5-1 when it comes to the GOP.
        If I wanted to vote for losers I would vote for your guys , but if the choice is vote for the best person ( and I will vote for someone other than a Libertarian) and keep my soul than I am doing alright

        • ByteMe says:

          The losers are the ones who haven’t figured out that they can’t change the country if they don’t win elections.

            • ByteMe says:

              Could you make your rhetoric any more boring?

              I’m not even going to bother banging on the LP for what you’re writing here. I figure this part of the thread will be a warning to others… like a dried animal head sitting on top of a post in the middle of a dark forest.

  6. Hank Reardan says:

    oh sorry ByteMe I did not now I was here for you entertainment. I mean your post are so thought provoking there is no way I could compare to you you are so funny and insightful. What we would without you .People act like we Libertarian dont number what is going on. We do . I know the cards are stack against us but most of us will not stop any way. We want to make a postive change . Yes we have hard core views. But for most of us who belive taxes equal slavery we will fight what we thank is the good fight.

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