John Upchurch has declared his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He was a business attorney who became a small business owner and now operates Odyssey Travel, a travel agency with locations in Ormond Beach and Jacksonville.
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.
"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."
John worked in Tallahassee at the Florida Office of the Attorney General in the sales and use tax section, was a member of the team engaged in the landmark litigation against the tobacco industry and then transferred to the eminent domain section to work on jury trials
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 the age of sixteen he was hired as a lifeguard on the Volusia County Beach Patrol where he worked for six summers. He is a graduate of Furman University and Stetson College of Law.
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.
Inflation within our economy has more than eclipsed the increase in benefits which means our seniors are living on less and less every year which impacts our local economy because approximately 25% of our district’s population receives social security benefits.
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.
What people are saying
"I have had the opportunity to know John Upchurch since our time going to school at Ormond Beach Junior High and graduating from Seabreeze. I earned my CPA and am a Partner in one of the largest professional services firms in the world. As a long-term friend I can attest to John's strong character. As a business person, with significant experience working both in the United States and internationally, I can vouch for John's comprehension of the important role the financial markets play in America's economy, and the important role America plays in the World. Finally, as a CPA, I can assure you John knows how to balance a check book, which most of the folks currently spending our money in D.C. do not seem to be able to grasp. My family's home is located in District 6; I want John Upchurch representing me and my family in Washington."
"In all the years I have known John he has been an unflinching and tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. He has been a mentor and friend who supports the issues that matter to women – pay equity, affordable child and healthcare and reproductive choice. John cares and listens."
"I have known John Upchurch since he was a little boy. He was always well mannered and a pleasure to have in my home and play with my children. He was in my soccer car pool and was a peacemaker if the other boys got rambunctious. John Upchurch has grown into a thoughtful, intelligent young man with a wonderful family. I have seen his commitment to his family and the dedication to our community first hand in his volunteer activities. I am happy that he has agreed to run for Congress. John Upchurch is an excellent choice to represent our area in Congress."
“I coached John in Little League baseball. Even at the age of eleven and twelve, John was a great all-around athlete and a team leader; all the other players looked up to him. He was positive, enthusiastic and great to be around. I have had the opportunity to see John Upchurch raise his family and run a successful business here in Volusia County. He will be a fantastic congressman for our district.”