Deborah Gonzalez, a candidate for Georgia House of Representatives, District 117, believes that a new relationship between government and citizens is necessary so that we can address the issues and create the solutions to resolve community problems. Neither can do it alone. Both need accountability.  Together there is no stopping us. It is time for a candidate who is ready to listen, lead, and get to work.

Deborah is a licensed attorney of over 19 years that focuses her practice in two main areas: media and entertainment on one side, social media and technology on the other.  Both go hand in hand in this digital age.

A mother of two and grandmother of one (soon to be two) Deborah has been an active advocate for issues affecting our community and the future of our democracy including: the protection of children and lobbying with the organization Street Grace on the issue of Domestic Minors Sexual Trafficking Act; participating in various protests and rallies regarding women’s issues and human rights; leading a series of First Amendment sessions for creatives in a time of resistance; organizing and participating in various pro bono legal clinics with Nuci’s Space (Athens) and the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts over the years; and more.

When it comes to what’s happening on the Internet and its impact on our society, especially in regards to privacy and security, Deborah literally has written the book.  Published in 2015 by Elsevier, Deborah’s book Managing Online Risk: Apps, Mobile, and Social Media Security, is a primer for every small business owner and is filled with practical applications for protecting data and one’s own identity. She brings this expertise to her campaign and will also bring it to the Legislature in a time where everyone, regardless of party can agree, that we need to protect our privacy and our personal information.

Protecting children and families are always on the top of Deborah’s mind.  Check out her Cyberbullying Corner (with Resources and Posts) on her consulting website full of resources for parents, students and teachers.  http://law2sm.com/cyber-bullying/resources/.

Deborah is an entrepreneur and guides other small businesses on their road to success.  She has experience working with corporate America, regulated industries, and academia. She also brings experience with the legislative process – from citizen lobbying to assessing policy.  All these skills she will bring with her to the Georgia Capitol to serve YOU.

By the way, Deborah’s husband is Robert (Bob) Scott, professor at UGA.  He was recently spotted at the March for Science in Atlanta, with a sign that read “As a matter of fact, facts matter.” Deborah uses that phrase as a guiding principle.