Upchurch believes “our community needs stronger representation in Washington by someone who knows our area inside and out”
John was born in St. Augustine and has lived in Ormond Beach over 36 years. He attended Tomoka Elementary School, Ormond Beach Junior High School and graduated from Seabreeze High School. While growing up in Ormond Beach, he earned his Eagle Scout and volunteered at the Halifax Humane Society and the Center for the Blind.
After moving back to Ormond Beach in 2001, Upchurch worked as an attorney in the law firm of Heebner, Baggett, Upchurch and Garthe. He also is a longtime volunteer at the Ormond Beach Soccer Club coaching youth soccer for more than fourteen seasons, volunteering on the Board of Directors for four years and serving two years as President of that organization. John is a longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as an assistant Scout Master and served two years as Chairman of the Three Rivers District. He was President of the Volusia County Bar Association in 2006-2007. John has been married to his law school sweet-heart for twenty two years and they have two children.
At his campaign kickoff event, John Upchurch articulated his legislative priorities. Speaking at the new One Daytona complex, across from Daytona International Speedway, he said there is serious work to be done in dozen of areas and identified his local priorities for the district. There are numerous concerns about flooding in neighborhoods. . Residents in New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Debary, Flagler and in Crescent Beach are concerned their neighborhoods are flooding more frequently. He will champion infrastructure and storm water projects to alleviate flooding.
Of concern to local senior citizens is their Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment. It must be realigned as over the past three years the increase has been minimal to non-existent.
Another local priority is developing a compassionate solution to the Opioid crisis. It is not a problem that is just going to go away and it is a crisis that impacts not just the lives of the people suffering from the addiction but all of us.
The final issue is we must remove the heated political rhetoric from the negotiation of smart immigration reform. In Volusia and Flagler counties our agriculture industry depends on the hard work of immigrants picking ferns and tending to the many farms in our district. For Congress to play fast and loose with their lives and the lives of people whose parents brought them to America at a young age is unconscionable.
As a member of Congress, I pledge to work on these and other issues with laser-like focus. I will put a premium on civility, diplomacy and statesmanship and I will nail my door open to welcome constituents, colleagues and even opponents in an effort to govern not just onward but Upward.