George (“Ges”) Selmont is a Ponte Vedra Beach husband and father with a history of success in law, technology, entertainment, sports and higher education. He has been married to his wife, Monika (also an attorney) for 17 years. They chose Northeast Florida to raise their two boys, Nate and Luke, and have happily called the First Coast home for almost nine years.

Ges is a lifelong Democrat who has always had an interest in government and public service. He grew up in Connecticut in a family that taught him to value many things, including our veterans and the rights of employees to unionize. His father, a Korean War Veteran, also belonged to a union. While still in college, Ges helped the staff members in his dorm organize into the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Over the last twenty-five years, Ges has dedicated a great deal of his time to improving the lives of citizens, especially those in underserved communities. In his years of serving Florida’s first Historically Black College, Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, as a Special Advisor to the President, Ges secured $4.5 million in funding to assist the college and surrounding community.

Prior to relocating to Florida, Ges was appointed to serve on municipal and state boards and commissions, including the Commission for Educational Technology, the Conservation Commission and Historic District Commission. He was instrumental in getting sections of roads declared State Scenic Roads. A committed volunteer throughout his life, he volunteered on presidential campaigns, regularly served weekly meals to the homeless, and volunteered for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 1998, he served as a White House Intern for President Bill Clinton.

Education

Ges earned his undergraduate degree from Bard College, law degree from Northeastern University. He earned graduate degrees from Yale University and Harvard University’s Extension School, which he attended while simultaneously attending Northeastern University’s School of Law.  He wrote his graduate thesis on Law & Economics.

Leadership

In high school, Ges was a 3-year varsity starter on Defense and a varsity Quarterback.  He produced live entertainment at the NFL Experience for the Super Bowl in Miami.  He produced and directed actors off-Broadway, during the World Series, and on film and on TV.  He led student government as an undergrad and as a law student.  He was awarded Wm. J. Lockwood Prize for Campus Leadership.  He served as a White House Intern for President Bill Clinton.

Employment

Entertainment, Sports, Technology & Law.  A licensed attorney with extensive experience in the areas of technology, licensing and sports and entertainment. Ges has worked as an associate and of counsel for medium and large law firms and been in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 corporation.  He has incorporated and advised numerous .com startups and founded his own tech company.  He has served as Special Advisor to the Presidents and Athletics Directors of Jacksonville University and Edward Waters College and was one of 10 finalists at the original One Spark venture capital competition

Creative

As for creative pursuits, Ges was Producer of the long running off-Broadway comedy Chicago City Limits, Writer and Director of the feature film Wait ‘til this Year and Creator and Co-Executive Producer of the reality show Sox Appeal.  Ges is a 2-time Emmy Award winner.

Adversity

Ges isn’t a “legacy.”  He has worked for his accomplishments and he has had successes and failures.  In the Great Recession he lost his job as an attorney and fell behind on his house and student loan payments so he has a true understanding of how so many on the First Coast can be one paycheck away or one medical bill away from financial ruin.  That’s how we know Ges will fight in Congress for higher wages, lower taxes, lower healthcare and prescription drug costs, affordable tuition, debt relief and fair debt collection practices.

Public Service

Ges provided 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.  He was appointed to 2 terms on the Commission for Educational Technology.  He received appointments to the East Hampton Conservation Commission and Middle Haddam Historic District Commission.   Ges co-produced an Earth Day event hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.  He was instrumental in organizing college buildings and grounds staff into a labor union at Bard College and was instrumental in Edward Waters College receiving its single largest gift ($8.5M).   He was a volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Habitat for Humanity and weekly Jan Has Church Homeless Dinners.  And, one year, Ges was a volunteer firefighter!

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