Deborah Gonzalez (D) is a candidate for District Attorney of the Western Circuit (including Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties).
She is a patron of APN and APN’s editor has been volunteering for her campaign.
Ending Mass Incarceration – Gonzalez has stated on her website that she will not prosecute low-level cannabis offenses, reduce prosecutorial overcharging and end the use of cash bail.
Transparency and Accountability – Gonzalez promises to develop a public data portal and establish a Data and Accountability Taskforce.
Smart Justice – Gonzalez has stated that she will refuse to prosecute women under HB 481, the “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill. Instead, she will address racial disparity and establish restorative justice programs in Juvenile & Superior Courts. She says she will be “smart” on prosecuting serious crime, and elaborated on this issue in a comment to APN.
Gonzalez is an attorney specializing in media, technology and entertainment through her legal firm D Gonzalez Law Group, LLC and Letterbox Legal. She was formerly the state representative for district 117, serving on the Judiciary non-Civil committee.
[En español] Gonzalez was interviewed by Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens on January 23, 2020.
Gonzalez held a fundraising party in the “tree room” in Athens, Georgia on November 8, 2019.