Community Involvement

Thomas A. Jimenez, Jr.



About Jimenez Law Firm


Located in San Marco, Jimenez Law Firm, P.A. focuses on commercial and residential real estate law, property insurance claims, and personal injury. Tomas Jimenez Jr., a native of Jacksonville, serves on the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, The Jacksonville Urban League Board and is a member of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville. He enjoys mentoring youth by coaching t-ball and basketball.




Candidate Forum & Voter Registration Drive

Jimenez Law Firm is proud to lead the effort and host an event with Northeast Florida Hispanic Leadership Alliance and the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that will allow candidates and constituents to have a forum to discuss current issues in our community. We welcome all members of the community to meet the candidates and/or register to vote.


The event is to be held:


Date: October 9th, 2018

Location: Cuba Libre / Havana Jax

                    2578 Atlantic Blvd.

                    Jacksonville, FL 32207

Time:

5:30 Meet & Greet / Registration

6:00 Candidate Forum

7:00 Reception



Confirmed Panelists:


Ges Selmont (D) – US House Representative District 4


Aaron Bean (R) – Florida Senate District 4 (Incumbent)
Billee Bussard (D) - Florida Senate District 4

Cord Byrd (R) – Florida House Representative District 11 (Incumbent)
Nathcelly Rohrbaugh (D) – Florida House Representative District 11

Clay Yarborough (R) – Florida House Representative District 12 (Incumbent)
Timothy Yost (D) – Florida House Representative District 12

Wyman Duggan (R) – Florida House Representative District 15
Tracye Polson (D) – Florida House Representative District 15

Jason Fischer (R) – Florida House Representative District 16 (Incumbent)
Ken Organes (D) – Florida House Representative District 16

A huge thank you to these supporters:


 



George "Ges" Selmont (D) – US House Representative District 4

George A. "Ges” Selmont is a Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida resident, husband and father of two, with a history of success as an attorney, an entrepreneur and in higher education. He and his wife, Monika, chose to move to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2010 with their two young boys, Luke and Nate He is running for Congress in Florida's 4th Congressional District.

For two decades, Ges has been successful in law and entertainment and served on numerous boards and committees, public and private. In 2009, he co-founded and co-created playXplay ("Play by Play"), one of the first online video file sharing and social media networks in Apple Computer's App Store. In 2008 and 2009 he received two EMMY Awards for creating innovative sports reality television programming.

Public policy is a passion for Ges, who served as a White House intern for President Bill Clinton in 1998. He served a two-year term as Special Advisor to Jacksonville University President Tim Cost and Associate Athletic Director, also teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in sports business and law. He donated plans for the community athletic field at Edward Waters College and was instrumental in President Nat Glover obtaining $4.5 M in funding for the project, which is scheduled to break ground in Fall 2018. A former high school varsity quarterback, Ges has plenty of leadership skills: he was appointed by the Lt. Governor and Governor of Connecticut to serve consecutive terms on that state's Commission for Educational Technology (CET), was appointed to the East Hampton Conservation Commission, and the Middle Haddam Historic District Commission.

Ges has a bachelor's degree from Bard College, a master's degree from Yale University and received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


Endorsements:

- Florida AFL-CIO

- Moms Demand Action

- Democratic Veterans Caucus

- Environmental Caucus


E-mail: ges@ges4congress.com


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Aaron Bean (R) – Florida Senate District 4 (Incumbent)

Aaron Bean

Aaron Bean was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2012. He was subsequently re-elected without opposition in 2014 and 2016 and is currently serving chair of the Communications and Utilities Committee and is Chairman of the Duval County Legislative Delegation.  Before being elected to the Florida Senate, Aaron served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, and two terms as Mayor of the City of Fernandina Beach.


This year, Aaron was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association for his support and commitment to the delivery of quality health care to the citizens of Florida.  Last Year, Bean was named Child Advocate of the Year by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society and the Able Trust for work done for putting people to work with disabilities.


In addition to serving as president of Compass Bank in Nassau County for 11 years, Aaron has successfully launched four small businesses, including the High Energy Auction Company. He has been a professional Florida auctioneer for 8 years, and his quick wit and impressive results have put him in high demand as an auctioneer throughout the State of Florida.


Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville University and is currently the relations development officer at UF Health Jacksonville. He has been a Rotarian for 26 years and a volunteer for numerous organizations, including the National Alliance for Mental Illness, First Coast Crimestoppers and Nassau County Schools. Aaron and his wife, Abby, reside in Fernandina Beach, Fla., and have three sons.


Endorsements:

- The Florida Chamber of Commerce,

- The Florida Retail Federation (FRF)

- PAC

- Florida Medical Association

- Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police

- Florida Professional Firefighters

- Charlie Latham, Jacksonville Beach Mayor

- Ellen Glasser, Atlantic Beach Mayor

- Elaine Brown, Neptune Beach Mayor


E-mail: Aaron@AaronBean.com


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Billiee Bussard (D) - Florida Senate District 4

Work History:

- A journalist for twenty-five years, including eight years with the Florida Times-Union as an editorial writer and real estate editor.

- Jacksonville Business Journal reporter two years covering health care and education issues.

- Jacksonville Journal (now defunct)  reporter and features editor 11 years.

- Freelance writer with cover stories on political issues and figures appearing in Folio Weekly, as well as commentary on school issues. Op-ed pieces I have written on various subjects have appeared in many publications, including USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, The Florida Times-Union.

- Owner of several small businesses, including two gift shops that operated 11 years before being sold and a restaurant that was among the many businesses that failed during the 1970s era of world recession and oil crises.

- Manufacturer's representative for more than a decade for a high-end home decor before returning to work as a journalist.

- A former administrator for a non-profit focused on school calendar issues.

 

Education Research

- School advisory committee for Fletcher Middle School.

- Participant in Jacksonville Community Council Inc. education study committees.

- Editor of Summer Matters.com, a website established in 2002 as a public service to disseminate research on the detriments of a school calendar change. The comprehensive research has been used by school districts and academics across the country. Appeared on national news and radio programs as an expert on the year-round school movement.

 

Endorsements:

- Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida

- Small County Coalition

- NOW Jacksonville

- AFL-CIO of Florida


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Cord Byrd (R) – Florida House Representative District 11 (Incumbent)

Cord is a fifth generation Floridian and native of the Jacksonville Beaches. He resides in Neptune Beach with his wife, Esther, and children, Dominic, age 15, and Lexie, age 4.  He graduated from the University of North Florida and St. Thomas University School of Law.


An attorney with two decades of legal experience, Cord has represented clients in both state and federal courts. He is one of only a few Firearms Law experts in Florida, representing clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. In addition, Cord donates hundreds of hours each year to pro-bono legal services and teaching other attorneys, individuals, businesses, and community groups about Constitutional rights and safe and responsible firearms ownership. As a sole practitioner in Jacksonville Beach since 2007, he also enjoys being a small business owner.


Throughout his life, Cord has served his community, State and Country. Teaching at risk youth at a public middle school, practicing law, speaking to civic groups, ensuring the integrity of our elections and supporting veteran programs, all prepared him for his current public service in the Florida Legislature.

Endorsements:

- Florida Right to Life PAC

- Florida Police Benevolent Association

- Florida Professional Fire Fighters

- Nassau County Fire-Rescue 3101

- Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters

- National Rifle Association

- Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville (Lodge 5-30)

- Florida Carry

- North East Florida Associations of Realtors

- Fire Coast Manufacturers Association

- Florida Medical Association

- North East Florida Builder's Association

- Florida Chamber of Commerce

- JaxBiz - Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

- National Federation of Independent Businesses


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Nathcelly Rohrbaugh (D) – Florida House Representative District 11

Nathcelly has called Northeast Florida home for over 30 years. Currently, he lives in Yulee and is a stay-at-home dad of two wonderful children, Sophia and Orion. Together with his wife, Danielle, he will soon be opening a small business in Fernandina Beach.


 Nathcelly graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Chemistry, specialized in Biochemistry, and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, he earned a technical degree, Biotechnology Laboratory Technician, from FSCJ. Nathcelly interned at Shands UF’s Division of Endocrinology researching novel treatments for diabetes. He also served as Operations Manager of a small business on Amelia Island.

Endorsements:

- Florida NOW PAC – Jacksonville NOW

- Florida AFL-CIO

- Mom’s Demand Action – Gun Sense Candidate

- Florida Planned Parenthood PAC

- Florida Democratic Party Progressive Caucus

- Florida Education Association

- Run for Something

- Women’s March Florida


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Clay Yarborough (R) – Florida House Representative District 12 (Incumbent)

Clay Yarborough grew up in District 12, is a product of local public schools, and graduated from UNF with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. During college, he worked as a truck loader at UPS and, for the past 10 years, has worked in the company’s Human Resources Department. In his current role, Clay has personally interviewed and hired over 1,500 people into jobs in Jacksonville. Clay loves our city and served eight years on the Jacksonville City Council, his final year as President of the 19-member body. After serving at the local level, he pursued a seat in the State Legislature, was elected, and currently serves in the Florida House representing Jacksonville’s Southside and Fort Caroline areas. The son of a public educator, Clay’s priorities include making our schools and city as safe as possible, supporting economic growth and development (including for our port), and working on proactive transportation solutions. Clay and his wife, Jordan, have twin six-year old sons, a two-year-old son, and are expecting their fourth son in January 2019.


Endorsements:

-  Northeast Florida Association of Realtors

- Northeast Florida Builders Association

- First Coast Manufacturers Association
- Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police
- Jacksonville Association of Firefighters
- Florida Right to Life
- Florida Realtors
- Florida Medical Association
- Florida Police Benevolent Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Associated Builders and Contractors, First Coast Chapter
- Florida Chamber of Commerce
- National Utility Contractors Association, North Florida Chapter
- Florida Family Action
- Florida Retail Federation
- Florida Transportation Builders Association
- National Federation of Independent Businesses, Florida Association


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Timothy Yost (D), Florida House Representative District 12

Timothy Yost

Timothy Yost is running in Jacksonville’s district 12. He is a current teacher at a local high school and an adjunct professor at a local college. Prior to teaching, Tim was an Operations Specialist in the United States Navy. He holds degrees from the University of Central Florida, University of North Carolina, and a Master’s degree from the University of North Florida. He and his wife, Jaclynn, live in Jacksonville’s Southside area where they enjoy spending time with their dog, Pippa. Tim is dedicated to improving education in Florida and will be a tireless advocate for the people of Jacksonville.


ENDORSEMENTS:

- AFL-CIO

- Sheet Metal , Air, Rail and Transportation Workers

- North Florida Labor Council

- Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate


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Wyman Duggan (R), Florida House Representative District 15

Wyman Duggan

Wyman was born in Jacksonville and is a fifth generation Floridian.  He has been married for twenty-four years to his college sweetheart, and they have 3 children.  He received his undergraduate degree from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, and was a commissioned Marine officer.

 

He is a business lawyer focusing on land use, private property rights, and economic development.  He represents individuals, businesses, and non-profits struggling against government regulations and taxation in their pursuit of the American Dream.

 

Wyman has been active in professional, civic, and non-profit activities at the state and local level for many years, including service as the Chair of the City of Jacksonville’s 2009-2010 Charter Revision Commission; as Vice-Chair of the City’s 2013 Task Force on Consolidated Government; as Vice-Chair of the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan Local Major Issues Committee; as a two time Chair of the Commercial/Industrial Development Task Force of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce; as a Board member and President of NAIOP of Northeast Florida, the commercial real estate development association; on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville; on the Board of Directors of Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.; on the Board of Directors and President of Emergency Pregnancy Services, Inc.; on the Troop Committee of BSA Troop 2 (Great Muskogee District, North Florida Council); and on the Vestry (board of trustees) of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  He is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2009; Leadership Florida Class XXXII; the inaugural class of the Jacksonville Regional Political Leadership Institute; and the American Enterprise Institute’s National Leadership Network (Spring, 2016 Summit).

 

He is shareholder and member of the governing board of Rogers Towers, P.A., one of the oldest private businesses in Northeast Florida, founded in 1905.


ENDORSEMENTS:


- NAIOP of Northeast Florida, Inc.

- Northeast Florida Builders Association

- JAXBIZ

- First Coast Manufacturers Association

- Northeast Florida Association of Realtors

- Lenny Curry, Jacksonville Mayor

- John Rutherford, Florida Congressman

- Aaron Bean, Florida Senator

- Rob Bradley, Florida Senator

- Jason Fischer, Florida House Representative

- Cyndi Stevenson, Florida House Representative

- Travis Cummings, Florida House Representative

- Clay Yarborough, Florida House Representative

- Jerry Holland, Duval Property Appraiser

- Michael Corrigan, Duval Tax Collector

- Ronnie Fussell, Duval Clerk of Court

- Aaron Bowman, Jacksonville City Council President

- Scott Wilson, Jacksonville City Council Vice-President

- Matt Schellenberg, Jacksonville City Council

- Terrence Freeman, Jacksonville City Council

- Danny Becton, Jacksonville City Council

- Doyle Carter, Jacksonville City Council

- Bill Gulliford, Jacksonville City Council

- Jim Love, Jacksonville City Council

- Greg Anderson, Jacksonville City Council

- Sam Newby, Jacksonville City Council


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Tracye Polson (D), Florida House Representative District 15

Tracye Polson

A licensed clinical social worker with more than two decades of experience working with children, parents and families, Tracye is in our community helping people resolve issues they face in their everyday lives. Her work with veterans illustrates her dedication to the men and women who have served our country.


Unlike politicians in Tallahassee who have failed to deliver workable solutions, Tracye, a local small business owner, understands that Jacksonville families deserve an economy that works for everyone - not just the politically connected. A recognized expert in her field, Tracye put herself through college, earning her doctoral degree. She has taught and guided young people at several universities including the University of North Florida here in Jacksonville.   Tracye knows firsthand the enormously high stakes of healthcare for families.


A breast cancer survivor, she and her family have lived through the fear and uncertainty of what battling cancer means including accessing and paying for treatment. 


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Audrey Gibson, Florida Senator

- Jacksonville Association of Firefighters

- Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police

- Tommy Hazouri, City Councilman

-  Audrey Moran

- Sierra Club

- AFL-CIO

- Duval Teachers Union/Florida Education Association

- Florida NOW, National Organization of Women

- Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate


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Jason Fischer (R) – Florida House Representative District 16

Jason Fischer is a Jacksonville native who has always put his community first. After graduating from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Fischer went to work at Florida Power & Light (FPL) where he honed his engineering and management skills.


In 2006, he left FPL to become a civilian engineer with the United States Navy where he would spend the next five years supporting the global war on terrorism (GWOT). As an engineer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command he was responsible for energy policy and utility infrastructure at several Navy bases in the Southeast. In 2010, he was recognized by his peers at the Association of Energy Engineers for his important work and earned the distinction “Legend in Energy.”


In 2011, Jason transitioned his career back into the private sector and went to work for CSX, one of the country’s largest transportation companies. At CSX Mr. Fischer was responsible for successful negotiations of energy and utility contracts in over 20 states. Jason currently works for URETEK Holdings and is in charge of their business development in the Jacksonville, Florida, metropolitan area.


Jason believes in being an active and responsible citizen. He is a member of the Mandarin Rotary, and a member of an FBI task force on security. Also, he formerly served on the Board of Directors of Society of American Military Engineers. In 2012, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Duval County School Board.


He and his wife, along with their young son, reside in the Mandarin area.


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Ken Organes (D) – Florida House Representative District 16

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Ken moved to Jacksonville in 1976 with his wife, Peggy. A native of New Jersey, he soon fell in love with the city that Peggy's family had called home for three generations. Together, they raised their two children, David and Rachel, here and more than 40 years later, they are now the proud grandparents of a fifth-generation Jacksonvillian. Ken has resided in District 16, the district he hopes to represent, for the more than four decades that he has lived Jacksonville.

Starting at CSX as a computer programmer, Ken dedicated his career to process improvement and innovation at the railroad and retired a director of Crew Management systems. Always focused on doing the right thing, he built a reputation for himself at CSX as a leader of great integrity and respect for his employees.


He is a graduate of the University of North Florida where he received a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Communications and a master of science degree in Information Systems. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Honor Society in the Computing Sciences. Ken also served as an adjunct professor at Webster University in the 1990’s.


Endorsements:

- Florida AFL-CIO

- Florida Planned Parenthood PAC

- North Florida Central Labor Council

- Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

- International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Local 435

- Florida National Organization for Women’s (NOW) PAC

- North Florida Building and Construction Trades Council

- Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 177

- Jacksonville Area National Organization for Women

- Mom’s Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate



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