There is a Chinese proverb that says “Women hold up half the sky.” Yet women do not hold 50% of the positions in our government. 

Coming off the sidelines for the first time politically seems a natural response to realizing that too many of us, particularly women, have felt that some special mysterious qualification was needed to participate in our democratic process as a candidate.  

The past 5 months have crystallized what’s been coming to me for a decade more gradually— the Republican Party is no longer the right fit for me; I have officially changed parties too recently to run at this time with a party affiliation in accordance with Florida’s Statute 106, so although I am allowed to remain a Democrat, I am required to run with “no party affiliation/NPA” at this time. This means I will not be in a primary but will be on the November ballot. 


I have held numerous leadership positions throughout my life, from president of student clubs to president of professional organizations.

An authentic consensus seeker, a focused listener and a joyful lifelong learner hailing from Alabama, I was graduated by Auburn University with a BA degree in Philosophy and have lived in Palm Beach County 32 years.  

Despite retaining my farm girl accent, I am a quick thinker, eager to listen to and truly represent constituents with compassion and intentionality. Though my success in this new arena will depend largely on how you receive me as a candidate through this website and whether you opt to support me financially if you are able to do so, I am ready to serve. While the maximum donation is $1000, there is no donation too small. I am sure you have read stories where sometimes the smallest donation of all comes from the biggest heart or the most genuine well-wisher.....for me, the heartwarming story of a young boy in Ohio who sent a one dollar bill in the mail to help restore the football, bowling, and rifle programs to the University of Alabama at Birmingham comes to mind. Turns out he was a lovely part of a $40+ million dollar comeback, so if you can only do a little, don’t count yourself out. Support candidates you resonate with as is practicable for you, so we can get big money out of government!

I founded a successful, award-winning business 12 years ago and remain the president and owner of Signs of Excellence LLC, a full-service 24/7 sign language interpretation company providing ADA access to individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in all settings and venues.  The 2 awards I am proudest of in my business life: Small Business of the Year in recognition of our diverse business practices, and a beautiful pineapple (my company logo for its ties to Delray Beach headquarters) trophy from Waving Hands as thanks for our sponsorship of their annual signing Santa Claus party  where we provided voice interpretation, refreshments and wrapped gifts for the Deaf children and their siblings.

My platform will be available in greater detail shortly, but know that issues important to me include equality for all, common sense gun law reform, education quality and access, single payer healthcare, the environment, the protection of 11 million dreamers with no other home to go to, science in particular and facts in general. 

Regarding District 89, an oceanfront swath from Riviera Beach to Boca Raton, FL (inclusive of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s winter home) I am eager to go on a listening tour of the municipalities in my district to learn who the leaders are and what issues confront and are important to the people in each, be they beach erosion, the privatization of garbage pick up, the opioid crisis and addiction’s impact through the rehabilitation industry in our communities. 

A few things that I think are making America great again:

Average Americans such as myself are welcoming more substantive conversations in settings where we would normally exchange pleasantries about the weather.

Worldwide, 300 million of us have said #metoo in 85 languages; women are stepping into our long overdue position of equality— along with the LGBTQ community, Deaf/HH individuals who deserve access instead of fake interpreters,  and all other minorities, oppressed and marginalized groups.

Though coupled with unspeakable  anguish, the amazing Marjory Stoneman Douglas students of nearby Parkland, Florida, are teaching us that you don’t have to be old to lead, even in the face of witnessing a massacre on February 14, a day that is supposed to honor love, and that enough IS enough.  

Thank you for indulging my long introduction — could be the Southern storyteller in me.  May God bless you and America. May we see a high level of participation at the polls this August and November (and at every future election), reflective of a populace truly grateful for the fragile democracy many have died to protect. Division has itself become a primary and proximate issue, and it is time that we govern again.  I humbly ask your support for a place at the stakeholder table. 

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    “Debbie was one of the people who spoke out when Roy Moore was running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. Her story was hard to dismiss, because she told the truth without demonizing Moore. And when he baldly lied, she took the additional risk of calling him out on it. That took a lot of guts. Debbie was/is also part of the #FreeUAB movement that stood up to entrenched power and worked a miracle in my hometown of Birmingham, AL. I think Debbie is the kind of person we need to be in local and state office. She's real, she's very smart, she talks in plain English (and sign language) and not politician-ese, and she is all about the people who don't have a voice. Debbie's being the change many of us want to see in our country; see if you can spare some change for her effort.”

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    “I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU !!! YOU GO, GIRL”

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    “Debbie was one of the people who spoke out when Roy Moore was running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. Her story was hard to dismiss, because she told the truth without demonizing Moore. And when he baldly lied, she took the additional risk of calling him out on it. That took a lot of guts. Debbie was/is also part of the #FreeUAB movement that stood up to entrenched power and worked a miracle in my hometown of Birmingham, AL. I think Debbie is the kind of person we need to be in local and state office. She's real, she's very smart, she talks in plain English (and sign language) and not politician-ese, and she is all about the people who don't have a voice. Debbie's being the change many of us want to see in our country; see if you can spare some change for her effort.”

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    “Gibson is one of those rare lea who truly has a heart for others. She will be a great benefit to all in her district and to the state of Florida.”