I am a local! I was born in St. Charles (SSM/St. Joseph's), attended high school at St. Charles West, attended undergraduate school at MSU in Springfield, MO and attended graduate school, right across the river at SIU-E, in Edwardsville, IL. I consider myself to be a democrat, with conservative values, who fully supports teachers, labor, law enforcement and emergency services. I respect WOMEN'S RIGHTS, as well as, ALL RIGHTS and urge everyone:
Vote "NO" on "Prop A".
I believe the current laws regarding the 2nd amendment, which allows citizens to own and possess firearms, is right for the United States of America. I would like to see additional background checks and some SENSIBLE legislation designed to get people talking about the issues we have with firearms in this country, but also understand the resistance to change. I am skeptical of "weapons of war" and have a hard time understanding why these weapons belong in the public realm. I begin with this issue because it seems to be the first thing asked, when I tell others I am running for office in the state of Missouri. My personal gun ownership is registered with the state of Missouri as I am a hunter, enthusiast and concealed carry permit holder.
I believe in the building and maintenance of roads and bridges. I have a passion for this as I was an over-the-road truck driver for about eight years. I owned my own semi, which was operated as a small business (Owner/Operator). I still hold a Class "A" CDL. Without infrastructure, local municipalities, counties, states and America fails. Roads and bridges are a MUST!
I believe early and continued education are the keys to America's future. I worked as Adjunct faculty for St. Charles Community College, as well as, substituted in the St. Charles public school system for many years. I also taught English, as a second language in Japan. I believe we need additional funding to provide technical schools and job training to support labor. Proper education and training are the keystones, individuals need, to succeed throughout their lives.
I believe we have a social responsible to not let others fail in life. I would like to see healthcare for ALL, as well as universal support of Medical Cannabis. I am a strong supporter of social programs, as long as proper funding is available and sustainable. Social programs, mandated without proper funding, hurt everyone in the state of Missouri because it takes needed resources away from our schools, roads, health care systems and other previously established programs. Acceptance and use of federal dollars would have a positive impact on many Missouri families and would help keep uninsured young mothers from leaving our state.
I feel passionate about the environment. I worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska for seven summers and, in the winter of 1995, had the pleasure of working in the Bering Sea catching cod. I support public land initiatives and frequently visit many of the public parks in District 70 and throughout the state. Missouri is a beautiful state, I have visited 49 of the 50.
Finally, as a current small business owner, in the wedding industry, I have learned the importance of budgeting and especially listening. My ability to keep brides, grooms, fathers and mothers of brides happy is one of my greatest strength. I have achieved this through active listening and understanding about their wants and desires. I promise, I will listen to my constituents and enact legislation that benefits them. I truly feel, "If you can give people what they want and desire, you will never fail them".
"If you can give people what they want and desire, you will never fail them."
Gregory A. Upchurch
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Bachelor of Science - Communications Management
Missouri State University - Springfield
I AM a small business owner. Use this link to see the Grand Opera House Banquet Center, on Main Street, in beautiful St. Charles Missouri.
My small business has been open since February 2010
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy