Deborah Gonzalez

District 117 Representative (D)
Office: 509-C Coverdell

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Committee Membership


Voting Record

  • 2018
    HB 65 – Expand Use of Medical Marijuana: YES
    HB 205 – Restrict Fracking: YES
    HB 217 – Public Dollars for Private Scholarships: NO
    HB 787 – Funding Boost for Charter Schools: NO
    HB 834 – No Penalty for Lease Breaking: YES
    HB 918 – Top Rate Tax Cuts: YES
    SB 315 – Cyber-snooping: NO
    SB 262 – Eagle’s Landing: NO
    SB 355 – Restrict Georgia Power’s Profits: YES
    SB 407 – Cash Bail Reform: YES

    (More information about 2018 votes)

    Deborah voted with Athens for Everyone 90% of the time in 2018 (9/10).


    Questionnaire Responses


    • Do you support expanding Medicaid as provided for under the Affordable Care Act?: YES
    • Do you support creating a single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” healthcare system in Georgia if the federal government fails to do so? YES

    Minimum Wage

    • Do you support raising the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers? YES
    • Do you support repealing the preemption law that prevents Georgia cities from raising their minimum wage locally? YES

    Immigrant Rights

    • Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented residents? YES

    Electoral Reform

    • Do you support creating an Independent Redistricting Committee? YES
    • Do you support allowing nonpartisan localities to decide their own election dates? YES
    • Do you support establishing Automatic Voter Registration in Georgia? YES

    Environmental Sustainability

    • Do you support a statewide ban or fee on single-use plastic bags? NO

    “I do support reducing plastic use. But, research shows that this can be a regressive tax that hurts lower income households, especially POC.”

    Criminal Justice Reform

    • Do you support marijuana legalization? YES

    Reproductive Justice

    • Do you support ensuring all women have access to reproductive healthcare including an abortion procedure? YES


    • Do you support providing funding to Georgia cities for transit operational costs? YES

    Racial Justice

    • Do you support strengthening Georgia’s legal non-discrimination protections? YES
    Q: White people still hold a hugely disproportionate amount of economic and social power in Georgia. If elected, what will you do to help fight this structural imbalance, increase the economic security of, and ensure the equal treatment of Georgians of color; especially black Georgians who continue to be most targeted by past and present systems of oppression? A: (click to read)
    Economic and social power is determined by those who have political power. Making sure we have elected officials who are minorities and female will ensure that certain issues affecting such marginalized oppressed communities will have their issues heard and acted upon. Having a seat at the political table is a first step. Listening to, and being aware of, the needs of the constituents–regardless of voter status–is fundamentally important.


    Q: What is your most important policy priority for 2018? A: (click to read)
    The expansion of Medicaid in Georgia and advocating for Medicare for All so that everyone has access to the healthcare they need.
    Q: Is there anything you’d like to clarify or anything else you need to say? A: (click to read)
    I believe Healthcare is a human right. I believe all children deserve a quality education; this also means saying “No” to voucher programs and “Yes” to keeping our schools under local control. I believe in a living wage. Reproductive rights are human rights. Women’s health begins with choice in providers, in services, and over their own bodies. No human is illegal; I support DACA. I believe in ending mass incarceration. I support an independent redistricting commission because gerrymandering has disproportionately and unfairly disenfranchised many in our society, particularly people of color. Climate change is real and affects us all–we must act to protect our earth, our communities, and our families. Finally, I support Net Neutrality. We must ensure equal access to the resources and tools provided on the internet for everyone, including students, small businesses, and working families.