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 business formation. 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: July 17, 2018

Location: Havana-Jax Café, 2578 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Time:

5:30 Meet & Greet / Registration

6:00 Candidate Forum

7:00 Reception


Agenda:


Call to Order

Betzy Santiago, Master of Ceremony


Presentation of Colors

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard


Pledge of Allegiance

Tomas A Jimenez, Sr., President of The Northeast Florida Hispanic Leadership Alliance


Opening Prayer

Pastor Jose Paredes, Chairman of The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Host Welcome

Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr., President of The Jimenez Law Firm


Introductory Remarks

Leon Carrero, Board Member of the Northeast Florida Hispanic Leadership Alliance


Special Guest Remarks

Mike Hogan, Supervisor of Elections


Forum Rules & Forum

 Segment 1: Judicial Candidates

 Charles McBurney, Jr (NPA), Candidate Circuit Judge 4th Judicial Circuit

Maureen Horkan (NPA), Candidate Circuit Judge 4th Judicial Circuit

Michael Bateh (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 3

Gerald Wilkerson (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 3

Kimberly Sadler (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 8

La'Rae Hendrix (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 8


 Segment 2: Florida State Representatives

Timothy Yost (D), Candidate House District 12

Wyman Duggan (R), Candidate House District 15

Joseph Hogan (R), Candidate House District 15

Tracye Polson (D), Candidate House District 15

Mark Zeigler (R), Candidate House District 15


 Segment 3

 Alvin Brown (D), Candidate US House Representing the 5th Congressional District of Florida

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

Jerry Holland (R), Duval County Property Appraiser (Incumbent)


Closing Remarks

Betzy Santiago, Master of Ceremony



Special thanks to these supporters:




 


Alvin Brown (D), Candidate US House Representing the 5th Congressional District of Florida

Alvin Brown

Alvin Brown’s passion for public service is inspired by his life experience. Raised by a single mother and grandmother who instilled values of humility, faith, and hard work, Brown worked as a meat-cutter at Winn-Dixie to become the first member of his family to graduate from college. While in college, he was exposed to the possibilities of life, and pursued a career path that enables helping individuals and communities to achieve their full potential.


Brown was sworn in on July 1, 2011, as Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, the largest city by land area and 12th largest city by population in the continental United States. The first Democratic mayor in 20 years, and the first-ever African-American elected Mayor of Jacksonville, Brown governed with a vision of bringing Jacksonville together as one community, and taking the city to the next level as a place of opportunity for all. Under his leadership, Jacksonville became one of America’s leading cities for innovation and improving quality of life.


Endorsements:

- Shad Khan

- Jake Godbold, Former Jacksonville Mayor

- Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II



For more information about this candidate, click here


https://alvinforcongress.com/


Email: info@alvinforcongress.com

Phone: (904) 990-3856




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


For more information about this candidate, click here


https://aaronbean.com/


Email: aaron@aaronbean.com




Jerry Holland (R), Duval County Property Appraiser (Incumbent)

Jerry Holland

Jerry Holland was elected unopposed as Duval County Property Appraiser in March 2015. One of his first priorities as Property Appraiser will be to take an aggressive approach investigating and combating exemption fraud.


Jerry Holland, was elected into office as Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections in a 2005 Special Election. He is honored to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Duval County for ten years as Supervisor of Elections.


Throughout his term as Supervisor, he registered more than 64,415 students in Countywide Student Voter Registration Drives held each school year, updated the county elections systems for tabulation and voter check-in, and met every statutory deadline while in office. As Supervisor, he also participated in a historic election tie, the first recorded in Duval County, where, by state statute, the winner was ultimately chosen by a game of chance.


Holland also served as the 2002-2003 President of Jacksonville City Council during his first term on the Council. From 2004-2005, he served as President of the Northeast Regional Planning Council and from 2014-2015 served as President of the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections.


Holland earned his Master’s degree in Education and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics form the University of North Florida. He is a State of Florida certified General Contractor, Real Estate Broker and Certified Florida Appraiser.


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Vestcor Company

- Gate Petroleum

- Aaron Bean, Senator

- John Peyton, Former Jacksonville Mayor

- Peter Bragan, Jr.

- Curtis Hart

- Wayne Weaver

- Preston Haskell

- Matt Carlucci



Email: jholland@coj.net

Phone: 904-630-2011



Timothy Yost (D), Candidate House 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


For more information about this candidate, click here


http://www.yostforjax.com/


Phone: (904)859-6484




Wyman Duggan (R), Candidate House 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:

Organizations

NAIOP of Northeast Florida, Inc., NAIOP of Florida, Northeast Florida Builders,  Association, JAXBIZ, First Coast Manufacturers Association, NRA / Unified Sportsmen of Florida, Associated Industries of Florida


Elected

Mayor Lenny Curry, Cong. John Rutherford, State Sen. Aaron Bean, State Sen. Rob Bradley, Rep. Jason Fischer, Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, Rep. Travis Cummings, Duval Property Appraiser Jerry Holland, Duval Tax Collector Michael Corrigan, Duval Clerk of Court Ronnie Fussell

Members of the Jacksonville City Council:  Council President Aaron Bowman, Council Vice-President Scott Wilson, Matt Schellenberg, Danny Becton, Bill Gulliford, Jim Love, Greg Anderson, Sam Newby




For more information about this candidate, click here


http://wymanduggan.com/


Email: WDuggan@rtlaw.com

Phone: 904.346.5502


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Joseph Hogan (R), Candidate House District 15

Wyman Duggan

Joseph is a native of Jacksonville’s westside. The Hogan Family can trace their ancestry in Jacksonville to some of the first settlers of Jacksonville, as early as the 1800s.

               

Joseph currently serves in the Florida Air National Guard at Jacksonville’s 125th Fighter Wing. Joseph graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) first in his flight and also earned the distinctions of Element Leader, Warhawk, and Honor Graduate. In addition to his current role as a Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics Technician, Joseph also serves as a Physical Training Leader (PTL). As a PTL, Joseph ensures that all airmen remain in compliance with physical fitness standards. In March 2017, Joseph successfully completed the Army Air Assault School. Joseph was one of a select group of Airmen chosen to undergo this strenuous course. In 2017, Joseph was nominated for Airman of the Year, an award that recognizes airman for exceptional job performance. Following a 2017 deployment, Joseph was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal acknowledging his exemplary support in Operation Atlantic Resolve.


In addition to serving in the National Guard, Joseph is a small businessman. As part of a local small business, he is responsible for managing all aspects of projects related to both commercial and residential remodels and new construction. Joseph works to ensure that all projects are completed in a timely manner, within budget, and comply with local and state building codes.


Joseph is a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. He met his wife Lauren in second grade. Together they have three children; Sadie (7), Betty (5) and Edward ‘Brother’ (3).


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Allan Bense, Former House Speaker



Email: Joseph@NRBuilding.com

Phone: (904)417-8759


 



Tracye Polson (D), Candidate House 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


https://polsonforjacksonville.com/home


Email: tracyepolson@gmail.com

Phone: (904)414-0960






Mark Zeigler (R), Candidate House District 15

Mark Ziegler

Mark Zeigler is a lifelong resident of Northeast Florida, attended local schools, FJC and the University of Florida. Mark served in the United States Navy and is a leader in the Boy Scouts of America having advised over 40 young men on their paths to earning the rank of Eagle Scout.


In 2000 with $751.00, he founded Mark Zeigler Yacht Sales which soon grew to have multiple offices throughout Florida. MZYS is considered one of the preeminent boat brokers in Northeast Florida with thousands of satisfied clients.


Mark is a four time president of the Jacksonville Marine Association, past Chairman of the Advancement Committee for the North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Member and past Chairman of the Charitable Giving Committee of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, The American Legion and Riverside Presbyterian Church.


For more information on this candidate click here


http://votezeigler.com/


Email: mark@mzyachts.com


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Charles McBurney, Jr (NPA), Candidate Circuit Judge 4th Judicial Circuit

Charles McBurney

Charles McBurney is a native Floridian and has lived in Jacksonville since receiving his law degree from the University of Florida in 1982. He graduated with his B.A. with High Honors, also from the University of Florida in 1979. After 6 years with the State Attorney's Office where he handled misdemeanors all the way up to murder, he moved into private practice in 1990.


McBurney is active in the Commercial Law League of America where he has held several positions. He is a past officer and director of the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association and has served as Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. McBurney has achieved an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Prominent lawyers. McBurney has been a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education regarding bankruptcy and commercial law. He was also a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007-2016 where, among other committees, he was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which is the House Committee overseeing changes to civil and criminal law.


McBurney is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is admitted to all Florida courts, the U.S. Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Eleventh Circuit. His achievements have been published in Who's Who in America, as well as Who's Who in American Law.


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Jacksonville Association of Firefighters

- Mike Williams, Duval County Sheriff

- Darryl Daniels, Clay County Sheriff

- Bill Leeper, Nassau County Sheriff

- John Drew, Nassau County Tax Collector

- John Delaney, Former Jacksonville Mayor

- Travis Cummings, State Representative

- Bruce Smathers, Former Florida Secretary of State

- Mike Langton, Former Member of Florida House




For more information about this candidate click here


https://www.charlesmcburney.com/


Email: cmcburney@mcburneylaw.net

Phone: (904)864-0645


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Maureen Horkan (NPA), Candidate Circuit Judge 4th Judicial Circuit

Maureen Horkan has been a champion for justice for 20 years and is committed to our community. Maureen was the first in her family to graduate from college. She pursued her degree while a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and worked full-time to put herself through school at Broward Community College. After five years, she succeeded in securing a scholarship to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Upon graduating, Maureen returned to Florida, and at 36 years old, graduated from Florida State University, College of Law with honors. During law school, Horkan interned at the Florida Supreme Court, the Children’s Advocacy Clinic, and she was President of Women’s Law Symposium and on the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.


An Assistant State Attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit for six years followed by another six years as an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, Horkan gained a broad knowledge of the law, practiced with dedication to high legal and ethical standards, and was diligent in preparation for trial. Maureen exercised her responsibility as a prosecutor with seriousness, strength, and a commitment to fairness and justice

In 2005, the Attorney General appointed Horkan to spearhead the Florida Child Predator Cyber Crime Unit. As the Director of this unique statewide unit, Horkan supervised law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates in five offices in Florida and trained others across the state and the country based on her renowned expertise protecting children and prosecuting sexual predators. Under her leadership, the team captured hundreds of child predators and rescued over 200 child victims. She is strong advocate for children and assisted in developing stronger laws in Florida to protect them from sexual exploitation. Horkan was awarded the prestigious Attorney General’s Award of Merit for outstanding service to the people of the State of Florida for her achievements.

Maureen Horkan is a member of the Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Women Lawyers, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Jacksonville Pro Bono Committee. Maureen has volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem, was a mentor with Take Stock in Children, a writing coach with College Summit, and was awarded the Jacksonville Bar’s Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award in 2018. She is the proud mother of a 15-year old son. She attends Assumption Catholic Church, is a certified yoga instructor, and earned the Riverside Avondale Preservation Award for Outstanding Restoration of her 100-year old home in Riverside.

Ms. Horkan has broad knowledge of civil and criminal law. She has practiced Family Law for the past five years and currently manages her own business as a solo practitioner. She values a high level of professionalism and strives to help divorcing couples and parents resolve conflict and start new lives. Her personal and professional experiences have prepared her to be a Judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit. Maureen Horkan will uphold the laws andthe Constitution. She can be counted on to be fair, reliable, and just in protecting the rights of all citizens andenforcing the responsibilities and standards that keep our communities safe and strong.


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Harry Shorstein, Former five-term state attorney

- Kurt Jones, Retired JSO Officer

- Ruth Ann Hepler, Esq.

- Janet E. Johnson, P.A.


For more information about this candidate, click here


https://maureenhorkanforjudge.com/


Email: contact@maureenhorkanforjudge.com

Phone: (813) 230-4528


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Michael Bateh (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 3

Michael Bateh

Michael Bateh has spent a lifetime serving our community. Recognized for his commitment to supporting our most vulnerable and defending the principles of justice, Michael is ready to serve as Duval County Judge. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law, Michael is well versed in the legal system and equipped for the bench.


Michael has also worked as a high school substitute teacher and coach. In this role, Michael mentored students as they transitioned to the next steps in their academic and working future. Within the legal community, he is a respected volunteer and known for ongoing efforts to build upon his knowledge. He is a member of Jacksonville Bar Association Board of Governors and serves on many of its committees. He is also a member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee and serves as chair, as well as the University of North Florida Pre-Law Program Board of Advisors.


Michael’s integrity, experience, and tough-but-fair approach to the law mean the people of Jacksonville can trust him to ensure justice is served. Now Michael is ready to put his lifetime’s worth of experience helping others find justice to work as Duval County Judge.


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Jacksonville Association of Firefighters

- Mike Williams, Duval County Sheriff

- Fraternal Order of Police

- Labor International Union of North America

- North Florida Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

- John Delaney, Former Mayor of Jacksonville


For more information about this candidate, click here


http://www.batehforjudge.com/



Gerald Wilkerson (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 3

Gerald Wilkerson

Jerry has aspired to be a Judge for many years beginning from the moment he discussed his legal career with his cousin and mentor Chesterfield Smith who was a founding partner of Holland and Knight law firm.  Throughout his years in law school Mr. Smith would continue to mentor and encourage Gerald, and spoke many times of his love of the law.


Jerry's commitment to public service began in the military, and continued as he served as a Public Defender in Jacksonville.  He served as the Vice President of the Jacksonville Miracle Leage, and now serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Haven Children Clinic.


Jerry has the strength, integrity, intelligence, humility and temperment to be a good Judge, and he aspires to bring his varied life experiences with him to the bench, where he believes he will make a great addition to the bench.


For more information about this candidate, click here


https://votewilkerson.com/


Email: geraldforjudge@gmail.com

Phone: 904-384-8200




Kimberly Sadler (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 8

Kimberly Sadler

Local attorney and award winning TV journalist Kimberly Sadler, 51, recently announced her candidacy for Duval County Judge. With a stellar portfolio of credentials litigating thousands of cases in Jacksonville, plus a long career of real courtroom trial experience in Duval County, Sadler is suitably poised for voters deciding which resident will become the county’s newest judge in August 2018.


ENDORSEMENTS:

- Jacksonville Association of Firefighters

- Fraternal Order of Police

- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

- North Florida Central Labor Council

- Neptune Beach Mayor Elaine Brown

- Councilman Randy White

- Tommy Hazouri, Councilman & Former Mayor

- John Delaney, Former Mayor

- Jake Godbold, Former Mayor



For more information about this candidate, click here


http://sadlerforjudge.com/


Email: Kimberly@sadlercriminallaw.com



La'Rae Hendrix (NPA), Candidate County Judge Group 8

La'Rae Hendrix

La’Rae Hendrix has earned the respect and trust of Northeast Florida’s legal community over her career as a state prosecutor, Attorney ad Litem for children in dependency court, and private practice attorney.


A local resident for nearly 30 years, she graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville University – completing her studies while working full time and caring for her children as her husband was often deployed with the Navy. She then earned her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.


Throughout her diverse legal career, La’Rae has become well-respected for her ability to understand the issues that affect local families, as well as for her commitment to community service.


La’Rae is the wife of a retired Naval officer, the mother of a Florida Air National guardsman and a grandmother of three. She possesses a deep appreciation for service to community and country, and it’s this passion that motivates her to run for county court judge.


For more information about this candidate, click here


https://hendrixforjudge.com/


Email: larae@hendrixforjudge.com

Phone: 904-278-4044