Jimmy will be the first LGBTQ candidate elected county-wide in Duval County
Jimmy is a native of Jacksonville with deep family roots in Florida that go back to the 1830s. Jimmy was educated in Duval County Public Schools and attended Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida, and received his law degree from The Florida State University.
In 2010, to address the need for basic human rights protections for LGBTQ people in his beloved hometown, Jimmy helped to organize and lead the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality. After attempts in 2012 and 2015, the effort was successful in 2017 when sexual orientation and gender identity were added to Jacksonville’s human rights ordinance.
Much of Jimmy’s career has been spent as a staff attorney in legal aid organizations in Florida, representing the neediest of our neighbors and working with other experts around the state and nation to expand access to justice for all those who are left behind. Jimmy also has worked in the private sector and as a staff attorney for the ACLU of Florida where he made an impact on LGBTQ and voting rights issues.
As a teen, Jimmy was a member of the JASMYN LGBTQ Youth organization. After law school he returned to JASMYN as a member of the Board, Chairperson of the Board, and still serves on the JASMYN Community Trustee Council providing leadership and support to the organization that set his course for success.