John Monds is fifth generation Georgian, whose family has called Georgia home for over 140 years. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in Banking and Finance, a devoted husband and father, as well as a dedicated community volunteer.
John married his wife, Dr. Kathaleena Edward Monds, in 1998. While attending and and upon graduation from college, Mr. Monds worked as a finance officer for Lehman Brothers. He later worked for a small airline until he and his wife decided to have children and is now the proud father of four. He is currently committed to public sevice and providing his four beautiful children with a quality home-schooled education.
In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Monds earned the Superior Service Award, following that up with the Omega Man of the Year Award in 2003 - both from the Mu Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2005, he earned the honor of being named Man of the Year by the Grady County NAACP.
In his capacity as a member and President of the Grady County NAACP, Monds has held financial literacy classes for the Holder Park Summer Program, helped implement the Freedom Day Health Fair and advocated for citizens who believed they had been treated unjustly. He is a twenty year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and has held various leadership positions on the local and state level including President of the Mu Beta Beta chapter.
In addition to his service via the NAACP and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Mr. Monds also serves on the Grady County Planning Commission, Grady County Habitat for Humanity board, the Libertarian Party of Georgia Executive Committee and the Grady County Fine Arts Project.
Mr. Monds’ 2008 Public Service Commission (District 1) campaign garnered the most votes of any Libertarian Party candidate in their history, as he attained 1,076,760 votes statewide. He was the first candidate in Libertarian Party of Georgia history to eclipse the one million vote mark, and he remains the hightest Libertarian vote-getter of all time.
In early 2009, Mr. Monds announced his intent to seek the Libertarian Party of Georgia nomination for the office of Governor, and at the 2010 convention in April, he was unanimously nominated to seek the office. Upon completion of the qualifying process on June 29th, Mr. Monds became the first African-American in state history to appear on the General Election ballot for Governor in Georgia.
Platform (detailed at www.votemonds.com/issues_index.html ):
Provide a better environment for the creation of jobs in Georgia by removing barriers to existing and new industries combined with tax reform.
Protect individual's and state's rights by standing up to federal encroachments while also working with our Congressional delegation to reverse policies of the past that have allowed these encroachments.
Reduce government spending by advocating policies to reduce the scope of government, eliminate waste and implement “zero based budgeting”.
Improve our education system by giving parents more choices resulting in increased competition and a better educated citizenry.
Pursue more public-private partnerships for transportation and work to expand market based solutions such as tolls and HOT lanes, with a plan to veto any attempt to use the gas tax to funnel funding to any project other than our highways and roads.
Promote more local control and decision making for policies in education, alcohol sales, transportation and new industries.
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