Arthur Bides was born and raised in Florida and is of Filipino heritage. He graduated from the University of Florida, earning his B.S. in Civil Engineering. Arthur is a Senior Project Manager at a Water/Wastewater engineering firm. He has served on several non-profit boards in the Jacksonville area. Arthur is the 1 st Vice President and Treasurer for the Filipino American Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He is married and has two daughters, ages 7 and 9. His hobbies include scuba diving, woodworking, and volunteering for community organizations.