Elect Layla Zon Superior Court Judge

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LAYLA ZON FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

Hello, I am Layla Zon and I am running for Superior Court Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit which is comprised of Newton and Walton counties.

I am running to succeed the Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn who has recently announced that he will not qualify for the non-partisan re-election on May 19, 2020.

I am currently the elected District Attorney of the Alcovy Judical Circuit and I have had the distinct pleasure of practicing in front of Judge Ozburn for the past nineteen years. It would be an honor to succeed him in this position.

I have been a resident of Newton County since 2000 and a Georgia resident my entire life.  I was born in Dekalb County in 1973 to Terry and Shirley Rivera Hinton.  In 1978 my family moved to Dacula, Georgia where my father’s family had been farmers for generations.  By 1979 the youngest of my three siblings was born and we became a family of six.  Since my dad’s family were farmers and my mom’s father immigrated from Mexico with nothing but his strong work ethic, my siblings and I were raised to work hard.   We all had jobs as soon as we were old enough to work.  I worked at Kroger, Winn Dixie, and in my mom’s flower shop in my younger years and I worked at a retail store while in law school to pay the bills.  Eventually, we moved to Snellville, Georgia where I graduated from Brookwood High School in 1991.  It was there that I had an opportunity to participate in a program sponsored by the Gwinnett County Juvenile Court called “Teen Court.” “Teen Court” was a program that allowed high school students to prosecute and defend their peers who had committed very minor offenses.  As I spent my Saturdays in the Gwinnett County courtroom alternating between a prosecutor and defense attorney, I discovered that I loved the law and the courtroom.  In short, this experience changed the course of my life.  Prior to my exposure to the court system I was interested in attending college to pursue a career in science.   It was decades later in my life that I finally understood that my love for science and my love for the judicial system were in many ways connected to the core of who my designer made me to be.  Science, by definition, is a branch of  knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws.  As a practicing attorney and prosecutor in the courtroom I have examined facts, theories, and human behavior in the pursuit of the truth while guided by the rule of law.  My passion for the truth, coupled with my compassion for people, have combined to make for a very fulfilling career thus far.

Layla has been a strong advocate for the State of Georgia and the citizens of Newton and Walton counties for the past 19 years. She has faithfully advocated for the rule of law with emphasis on fairness and professionalism.

After graduating high school I attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  While at Liberty I competed on the nationally ranked debate team while on scholarship.  I transferred to the University of Georgia for a year before transferring back to Liberty to complete my degree.  I graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government.   I began a Masters of Public Administration degree at the University of Georgia before being accepted and attending the Georgia State University College of Law in 1997.  While at G.S.U. Law I received numerous awards including Overall Winner of the Best Closing Argument for my first year class,  Overall Winner of the William T. Daniel Mock Trial Competition, and the American Trial Lawyer Association (A.T.L.A.) Mock Trial Competition Regional Finalist.  During my course of studies in law school I interned in the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office and the Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office. 

After graduating from law school in 2000, I moved to Covington to begin my career as a prosecutor.  While I was hired by District Attorney Alan Cook, I primarily worked for the Honorable William Kendall Wynne, Jr., now Superior Court Judge, for 10 years.  In 2003, District Attorney Wynne appointed me to Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.  For many years I served as the Major Felony prosecutor focusing primarily on Homicides, Rapes, Child Sexual Abuse, White Collar Crime, along with all of the misdemeanors and felonies prosecuted by the office.  In 2003, I received the State Bar of Georgia’s Commitment to Justice Award.  In 2010, I was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue as District Attorney of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.  For the past nine years as District Attorney I have hired and trained dozens of prosecutors, run both the Newton and Walton County District Attorney’s offices, and continued to try cases in both counties including four death penalty trials.  In my career as a prosecutor I have tried over 150 jury trials almost exclusively as lead or sole counsel.  Just in the past year and a half I have tried and convicted two high profile murder cases and a Human Trafficking case.  I have argued in front of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.  I have served as an instructor for continuing legal education programs in the areas of Child Sexual Abuse Cases and Death Penalty Litigation.  I have successfully run unopposed for one special term and two full terms as District Attorney. 

I currently serve as the President of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia, on the board of the YMCA of Covington, on the board of A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, and on the board of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.  I was a member of the Covington Rotary Club for thirteen years.

I met my husband, Marty Zon, at the courthouse and we married in 2007.  Marty is a retired Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent in Charge and remains active in the F.B.I. National Academy-Georgia Chapter, and the Georgia Narcotics Officers Association.  Upon marrying Marty, I was blessed to become a step-mother to his two daughters and now am a proud Grandparent to five beautiful children.  Marty and I are active members in the First Baptist Church of Covington. 

I am asking for your support and your vote for Superior Court Judge of Newton and Walton counties.  I have been a strong advocate for the State of Georgia and the citizens of both counties for the past 19 years.  I have faithfully advocated for the rule of law with emphasis on fairness and professionalism.  Now I am seeking a  very different and very important office in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.  As a judge I will no longer be an advocate; I will be independent, impartial, and fair.  I pledge to interpret and apply the laws that govern us.  I will strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system by respecting and honoring the judicial office as a public trust.

On May 19, 2020 vote for Layla Zon
for Superior Court Judge