Western Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Brian Patterson is running as a Democrat for District Attorney of Athens and Oconee. 

He and Deborah Gonzales, an Athens lawyer and former state House Representative, will appear on the Democratic primary ballot in May 2020. 

As of deadline, no Republicans have entered the District Attorney race. 

Outgoing DA Ken Mauldin, also a Democrat, is stepping down at the end of 2020. 

“I am running because I love our community, and I am committed to its safety and security,” said Patterson. “I believe that real, prosecutorial experience and discretion matters... The [DA] must have proven experience prosecuting criminal cases in order to protect the community while safeguarding the rights of accused persons.” 

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So Brian Patterson is now running for DA and has a great article announcing this above the fold of the front page. Deborah Gonzalez has been running for this same office for several weeks. Has she had such a free advertisement above the fold on the front page? We are subscribed to the Oconee Enterprise, but I can't remember if that article if it exists.

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