Deborah Gonzalez

Former District 117 Representative (D)
Served for the 2018 session.

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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
    • Do you support a massive public jobs plan to put Georgians to needed work at wealth-building wages? YES

    “Yes. We need a systemic approach to job creation at wages that will not only make people financially stable but also permit them to begin to build wealth. As a mother of two who once struggled to put food on the table, I know far too well the challenges that many families are facing today, the tough choices they are forced to make with every penny spent. The issue of a minimum wage is also an issue of gender disparity: 2/3 of those earning a minimum wage are women. Additionally, the cost of living has outpaced growth in wages.”

    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
    • Do you support Georgia joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact? YES

    Our democracy works best when all eligible voters not only have the opportunity to cast their ballot... (click to read more)

    “Our democracy works best when all eligible voters not only have the opportunity to cast their ballot, but to have that ballot be meaningful and count towards their desired outcome. By joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), we take the next step in America towards creating a more representational Democracy, one that recognizes the voice and will of the plurality of voters. This is a bipartisan issue, as well. Though I believe in Democratic ideals and identify as a Democrat, we must also acknowledge that while ‘Blue’ voters in states like Georgia and Texas often feel their votes don’t count / matter in many elections, the same is true for ‘Red’ voters in states like California and in the upper Northeast. Because the United State’s Constitution provides great leniency in how the states operate and allocate their votes, the NPVIC is a valid, viable option for leveling the playing field in the electoral college’s winner-take-all system.”[/expand/

    Environmental Sustainability

    • Do you support committing Georgia to 100% renewable energy by 2045? YES

    This is especially crucial at a time where our federal government is rolling back regulations that were put in place to protect our environment... (click to read more)“This is especially crucial at a time where our federal government is rolling back regulations that were put in place to protect our environment – such as clean air, clean water, preservation of national parks and land, etc. If the federal government is reneging on the responsibility it has for future generations, then the states must take the cause up. I am proud to be endorsed by the Sierra Club of Georgia. In addition, I have been a vocal proponent of policies that seek to ensure that our planet remain a sustainable and vibrant place for all forms of life – including human life. I have participated in a number of events around Athens regarding climate and environmental sustainability – including a recent Rise up Athens – Climate Summit at the West Broad Market.

    Climate change is not only a health issue, but it is an economic issue. We must invest in green energy and renewable resources such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric or other states will. Kentucky is building three solar plants, and five other red states currently lead the U.S. in renewable energy. Not only will these investments into renewable resources produce dividends for our health and our planet, but the training of workers, building of operations, and logistics of such efforts will pave the way for economic security and prosperity for hard working members of our community.”

    • 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
    • Do you support ending money bail? YES
    • Do you support ending mandatory minimum sentences? YES

    Mandatory sentencing and incarceration for nonviolent crimes can stigmatize people for life... (click to read more)

    “Mandatory sentencing and incarceration for nonviolent crimes can stigmatize people for life, especially young people; this erodes their chances for prosperous and productive future. We need to put an end to practices that have systemically and disproportionately targeted people of color. A first step to repairing our communities, mending broken homes, reducing racial achievement gaps in education, wealth, housing equity, and more is to end the practice of mass incarceration. This is especially true when these policies are disproportionately and systemically targeting certain populations in our society.”

    • Do you support reforming state laws and definitions regarding rape and sexual assault? YES

    Sexual assault has no place in our society... (click to read more)

    “Sexual assault has no place in our society and we must support and protect ALL victims of sexual assault. Punitive laws, such as HB 51 proposed in 2017, harm the most vulnerable among us and have no place in our communities. However, programs such as Safe Dates and Shifting Boundaries, as well as Georgia State University’s RealConsent, have been shown to be effective in preventing sexual violence perpetration. By investing in education, support, and services, rather than stigmatizing and penalizing victims of sexual assault, we promote a healthy, safe, and secure community where people are protected.”

    Reproductive Justice

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

    Campus Carry

    • Do you support repealing Campus Carry? YES

    This is one of the reasons I was inspired to run – to repeal this law. (click to read more)

    “This is one of the reasons I was inspired to run – to repeal this law. Living in Athens, a college town, and having a husband who is a professor in the University of Georgia, makes this an extremely important and personal issue for me. Anything that becomes an obstacle for learning should not be permitted in the classrooms or on campus. It is also disingenuous to say that there is nothing wrong with the bill since there have been no incidents—because there actually have been incidents, such as loaded weapons left in public bathrooms and other places on and around campus. The mere thought that a loaded gun could be in the classroom at any moment is a distraction that limits academic freedom and poses a potential threat to lives. The data simply does not support the argument that more guns create a safer environment with fewer gun violence related incidents. I believe people have a right to own a gun, but that right must be in balance with the safety of the public – especially students. I am proud to be a Gun Sense Candidate endorsed by the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense this year.”


    • 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.