Florida's 4th Congressional District

Florida's 4th Congressional District includes Nassau County and parts of Duval and St. Johns counties.

There are no competitive primary races for this seat, so all candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election. Write-in candidates Gary L. Koniz and Danny Murphy also qualified in this race.

  Democratic

  No Party Affiliation

  Republican 


John Rutherford

Party: Republican

Age: 65

Candidate's family: Married to wife Pat with two children & six grandchildren

Occupation: Former Sheriff of Duval County

Education: BA in Criminology, Florida State University

Political experience: Three terms elected as Sheriff; One term as Representative

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less. 

It is my honor to be Northeast Florida's conservative voice in Congress.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race? 

Continuing booming economic growth to provide opportunities for Northeast Florida and all Americans.

Continuing to strengthen our military and national defense and fully support our veterans when they come home.

Continuing to secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and keep Americans safe and secure.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

I have dedicated my life to keeping our communities safe and secure. I fight each day for policies to make American families more economically secure, keep them safe from the threats of terror, and support the military, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel that work diligently to keep us safe each and every day. In that fight, I have established extraordinary coalitions at the local, state, and federal levels to effectively advance these important priorities.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

I am incredibly honored that the fine people of Northeast Florida have placed their trust in me to faithfully serve them, listen to them, and be their voice in Congress. I am proud that in the last two years, we have worked with President Trump to grow our economy to create opportunities for Northeast Florida and all Americans, strengthen our military and national defense, fully support our veterans when they come home, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and keep Americans safer and more secure.

Website: votejohnrutherford.com

Social Media: Facebook / Twitter


Joceline Berrios

Joceline Berrios

Party: No affiliation

Age: 56; old enough to have strong experience, young enough to have the energy to serve

Candidate's family: My parents and siblings are alive and have always been strong supporters of everything I have done.

Occupation: Former public school teacher, currently spending full time in my commitment to serving District 4

Education: Master of Education, Harvard; MBA, BS Computer Science

Political experience: While I have no formal political experience, I have always been active in my community.

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less. 

Promotion of strong economy, jobs, affordable healthcare, and retaining Social Security and Medicare.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

1. Jobs and the economy.

2. Affordable healthcare and medications.

3. Protect Social Security and Medicare.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

As the only woman and person of color running for this seat, I understand and have personally experienced many of the issues we face in this community. Hard working people should have assurances that their work will be appropriately compensated so that they can afford housing, pay off student loan debts, and care for family and heath care needs. My service in the US Air Force has helped me understand the needs of military families and veterans, many of whom are living in our community. As a Puerto Rican, I also understand what it is like to be treated as an outsider and be told to "leave our country." I am committed to welcoming legal immigrants to our community. Like many people in our community, I am not a millionaire nor part of the good old boys' network. I am a concerned citizen with a lifelong commitment to public service, most recently as a public school teacher. My 20+ years as a union member has taught me to be an effective advocate, supporting teachers, children and their families.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

I would like to be remembered for my commitment to the people of our community, regardless of their religion or country of origin. I would also like to be remembered as someone who helped bring good, well-paying jobs to our community and who worked to ensure that our seniors, military, and veterans receive the compensation and care they deserve.

Website: https://berrios4congress.com/

Social media: Berrios4Congress


Jason Michael Bulger

Party: No affiliation

Age: 31

Candidate's family: Married to Alex Griffin on 7/4/2015, daughter Barbara born Dec 2015, son Phillip born Sep 2017.

Occupation: Husband and father

Education: Associate of Arts degree Daytona State College; United States Army education includes Basic Combat Training, Warrior's Leadership Course, Information Systems Specialist Course, Unit Armorer's Course and Combat Lifesaver's Course

Political experience: None

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less. 

Representation based on principles, not party loyalty.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

1. Partisan paralysis of government.
2. Lack of responsiveness to voters. 
3. A general redress of grievances.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

My candidacy is based on loyalty to my constituents and country only. To that end I have forsworn traditional sources for campaign funding and organization. I will interface directly with the voters of the 4th district and remain beholden only to my principles and constituents.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

Breaking the partisan gridlock and passing legislation that matters to the voters.

Website: http://jasonbulgerforcongress.com/

Social media: Facebook


George "Ges" Selmont

George Selmont

Party: Democratic

Age: 50

Candidate's family: I have been married to my wonderful wife, Monika (also an attorney) for 17 years. We chose Northeast Florida to raise our two boys, Nate and Luke, and have happily called the First Coast home for nine years.

Occupation: Entertainment, Sports, Technology & Law. A licensed attorney with extensive experience in the areas of technology, licensing and sports and entertainment, I've won 2 Emmy Awards for TV shows that I have Created and Executive Produced. I've worked as an Associate and Of Counsel for medium and large law firms and been In-House Counsel for a Fortune 100 corporation. I have incorporated and advised numerous institutions (hospitals & universities), .com startups and founded a tech company incubated in the MIT y$50K venture capital contest. I have served as Special Advisor to the Presidents and Athletics Directors of Jacksonville University and Edward Waters College.

Education: Undergraduate (B.A.) degree from Bard College, law (J.D.) degree from Northeastern University and graduate degrees from Yale University (M.A.) and Harvard University's Extension School (A.L.M.) (which I attended while simultaneously attending Northeastern University's School of Law). Wrote my graduate thesis on Law & Economics.

Political experience: Led student government as an undergrad and as a law student. Awarded Wm. J. Lockwood Prize for Campus Leadership. Served as a White House Intern for President Bill Clinton. Successful pro bono representation of two African-American vocational school security guards who were harassed by co-workers who hung a Confederate flag in their workplace as a threat. Appointed to two terms on the Commission for Educational Technology. Appointed to the East Hampton Conservation Commission (2 terms) and Middle Haddam Historic District Commission. Co-Produced Earth Day event hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. Instrumental in organizing college buildings and grounds staff into labor union as a student at Bard College and instrumental in Edward Waters College receiving its single largest gift ($8.5M). Volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Habitat for Humanity and weekly Jan Hus Church Homeless Dinners. And I was a volunteer firefighter.

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less. 

Safeguarding constitutional rights and ensuring responsible use of tax dollars.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

I believe the major issues facing the First Coast to be:
1) Fiscal Responsibility
Most Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: the system is rigged. The American middle class has been under attack for generations. Hard work used to be enough to succeed in America but that doesn't seem to be true anymore. Nowadays you need an advantage to achieve the American Dream. I am running for Congress to restore fairness to our economic system. To protect American workers, Social Security, and provide equal access to healthcare.

2) Protecting our Constitutional Rights
Everyone in America has rights afforded to them by our Constitution. It is up to the individual to choose which rights he or she wants to exercise. All these rights are limited by the Constitution itself, by laws promulgated by Congress or by Supreme Court decisions. There is a current misconception, spread by special interest groups, that the Constitution is a zero-sum document — that is, if a group of citizens wins an additional right, another group loses their rights. Justice is not a luxury item- access to our courts/equal justice should be available to all, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.

3) The third issue in the race for CD-4, is that my opponent on Nov. 6, John Rutherford, is an ineffectual congressman who lacks the subject matter knowledge, vision, communication skills, energy, and passion to represent the people of the First Coast. We must do better! My experience in business, law, public service and communication with people demonstrate my ability to represent the First Coast effectively.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

John Rutherford has not held one town hall, one public forum or one debate. I will be available to my constituents and take their hopes for our district to heart. I will put voters first instead of special interest groups. I will work effectively with the Representatives from CD-5 and CD-6, our two Senators, local leaders and the PUBLIC to develop and present a cohesive vision for the future of Jacksonville and the First Coast- bringing projects and funding home that truly makes a difference. Finally, I will be an advocate for informed debate and decision making, will not shy away from the tough questions and will provide a check on the abuse of power.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

Making life better for all constituents of Florida's 4th District by bringing vision, compassion, creative problem solving, hard work, excellent communication and unity to the position of U.S. Representative for CD-4.

Website: selmontforcongress.com

Social media: Facebook

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