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.
PERSONAL: Age 65. Married to Kathy Szopa. Three children, Derek, Charlene and Stephen.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
ON THE WEB: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
- 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.”