John, a resident of Jacksonville since 1965, is married to his wife Tanya, a Jacksonville native. They attend Christ’s Church in Mandarin and have the unique story of meeting on a blind date! John is a proud graduate of the Bolles School, Florida Junior College (now Florida State College Jacksonville) and Jacksonville University ─ where he triple majored in marketing, economics and management.
He is a proven fiscal conservative and respected local businessman, known for being tight with a dollar. John has earned the reputation of being the taxpayer’s watchdog during his tenure on the Jacksonville City Council. He demonstrates his commitment to public service by always doing his homework and he has never missed a regular City Council meeting during his more than 18 years of combined service on the City Council (408 consecutive Council meetings as of January 2019).
After leaving office in 1999 (following his first two terms of service), John remained active in civic issues. He led the petition drive to place the overwhelmingly successful Tree Preservation Charter Amendment on the November 2000 ballot, and worked tirelessly on other initiatives to reduce litter and visual pollution.
John returned to the City Council in a special election in 2008 and was elected again for a full four-year term in 2011, and a second four-year term in 2015. John presently serves as a member of the Council’s Rules Committee as well as its Transportation, Energy & Utilities Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Tree Commission, a member of the North Florida Regional Council and an ex-officio non-voting member of the Jacksonville Cultural Council. In both 2014 and 2018, John received the City Council’s Charles Webb Award for Outstanding Service to the Council. In 2013, he received the Mary Singleton Award for most outstanding committee chair as Finance Committee Chairman.