Athens attorney and former Democratic state representative Deborah Gonzalez is making a bid for district attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit, a position that has been held by Ken Mauldin since 2000. Mauldin has not yet announced candidacy for re-election. 

“The DA is the architect of our community’s criminal justice policies, responsible for the outcomes,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “I want to step up to make the changes that need to be made; to act on a vision that is bold, fearless, forward.”

Gonzalez has served on the judiciary non-civil committee during her one-year tenure as a legislator for District 117. She was also appointed vice-chair of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Criminal Justice and Law taskforce. 

“Now,” she said. “I’m ready to apply what I’ve learned to bring about real change in the neighborhoods, courthouses and jails of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.”


Congressional district

Braselton resident Clyde Elrod last week announcedhis candidacy for U.S. representative of Georgia’s 10th Georgia Congressional District. Incumbent Jody Hice has not yet announced his candidacy for re-election. 

Elrod describes his platform as “a center-left coalition and merging progressive and libertarian ideas.” 

He is an electrician and light designer who currently works as the special operations manager for a commercial electrical company. He initially began working at the company as a project engineer and estimator. 

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