Wes Upchurch believe it is important to have free and open elections and will work to ensure that elections remain easily accessible to all of Missouri's citizens. He believes that the best way to insure that elections are fair, strict, and traceable is to ensure that there is always a voter verifiable paper trail and a voter identification requirement. Wes Upchurch will fight for fair elections, free of fraud.
He will work for a reduction in the number of signatures required for ballot initiatives and fair ballot access requirements for all candidates and parties. He believes that Missouri should adopt proportional representation laws and include a "None of the Above" option on all election ballots. In addition, Wes Upchurch wants to maintain a voter verifiable audit trail, improve records archiving and retention laws, make business filing requirements easier for business owners, and prevent gerry mandering by using an objective scientific meteric when considering alternatives for district boundaries.
Wes Upchurch has been a resident of Columbia, Missouri since 2007. He is single, with no children. His parents, Ron and Dodie Upchurch, live in Memphis, Tennessee and his younger brother is enlisted in the United States Army.
Wes Upchurch is a Certified Internet Web Professional and has studied Information Technology at several schools, including ITT Technical Institute and Columbia College.
Wes Upchurch is an internet design and business development professional with SEMCO Incorporated, a subsidiary of Flkt Woods, in Columbia. SEMCO Incorporated engineers and manufactures technologies for the improvement of indoor air quality. He also volunteers time to the W3C's Working Group on HTML as an "Invited Expert," where he works with organizations to maintain open standards for the Internet and assists in the development of the next generation of HTML, the language of the Internet.
Wes Upchurch is the Vice President of the Missouri 18 to Drink movement, a group dedicated to ending age discrimination in Missouri as it relates to responsible alchohol consumption.
Wes Upchurch is also a Committeeman for the City of Columbia's Internet Citizen Advisory Group, a position appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
In addition to his nomination by the Missouri Libertarian Party, he has also recieved the endorsements of the American Centrist Party and the Boston Tea Party.
Wes Upchurch has recieved several awards in the fields of e-commerce business development and internet marketing. During his youth he recieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the rank of Eagle Scout.
As a web professional that previously promoted online gambling, it should be pretty clear that I am for legalized gambling in the privacy of ones own home.
Source: Wes Upchurch (10/10/2008)
As a web professional this is an issue that really hits home... but I also wanted to mention that any threat Net Nuetrality isn't real, or at least not lasting. The free market will ultimately win out. If a telecommunications company chooses to restrict or limit access to certain parts of the internet a competitor to that internet service provider will likely take advantage of that situation and offer unregulated access. The only real threat to the internet is regulation. I have a feeling that this issue is being pushed by the telecommunications companies themselves, because they want the government to start regulating the Internet. Why? Increased regulations make it difficult for new competition to begin operation, because of the increased costs associated with mandated compliancy.
If you review Google's page about Net Nueutrality at http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality.html you will see that publically are advocates for Net Nuetrality. But this is really just a marketing move. In fact Andrew McLaughlin, Google's Senior Policy Counsel, said at the Tech Policy Summit in San Jose on Feb. 27, 2007 said "Net neutrality will ultimately be solved by competition in the long-run," describing fiber, broadband over power lines, and wireless efforts to crack "the existing telco-cable duopoly." He then stated "Cutting the FCC out the picture would probably be a smart move. It is much better to think of this as an FTC or unfair competition type of problem." (as reported here http://gigaom.com/2007/03/13/is-google-changing-its-position-on-net-neutrality/ )
The last thing we want to do is give the FTC power to regulate the Internet.
Spamming is something that the free market is equiped to handle. Improvements to filtering software and technologies have already greatly reduced the amount of spam recieved by end users and will only continue to get better.
The Internet is free of boundaries and jurisidictional control. As such it should always remain tax free.
The Internet is the best example of how the free market, free of government control, really does work. As such the Internet should continue to be free of taxes and regulation, except as required to combat fraud.