Candidate for Missouri House of Representatives District 23
Monday, July 19, 2010 | 1:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:38 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 19, 2010

Paul Szopa, Republican House of Representatives candidate for the 23rd District, has worked at Westlake Ace Hardware since 2000.

After graduating from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Szopa worked as an MU forestry and wildlife research specialist in commercial photography. He later worked at MU’s Physiology Research Center and Academic Support Center.

Paul Szopa

PERSONAL: Age 65. Married to Kathy Szopa. Three children, Derek, Charlene and Stephen.


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OCCUPATION: Sales associate at Westlake Ace Hardware

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in biology from Central Methodist College in Fayette, 1967

BACKGROUND: Member of National Rifle Association, Columbia Pachyderm Club Board, Missouri Sport Shooting Association, Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, Heritage Foundation, FISTS CW (Continuous Wave) Club and North American QRP CW Club

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He is a certified safety officer and instructor in the National Rifle Association.

He has earned his Amateur Extra Class amateur radio operator's license, which allows him to operate on all amateur service frequencies. His biggest interest in radio is Morse code.

Top issues:

  • Balancing the budget without raising taxes 
  • Lowering taxes on businesses to increase employment
  • Improving public safety

Why he’s running for office: “There’s no Republican representation in Boone County," Szopa said. "We have to maintain the Republican majority in the House because I think that’s a big reason why Missouri isn’t as bad off as a lot of the rest of the country.”

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