TONY LASZACS currently works in research and development for a nonprofit government contractor. He grew up in a military family with four siblings and lived in various states across the nation. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and obtained a military management position improving programs that fell short of standards.
Laszacs stated on his website that his top issue is improving the economy and increasing jobs.
PERSONAL: From Dixie. Age 40. Married to Brandy Laszacs. Two children, Elizabeth, 15, and Zackary, 11.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
OCCUPATION: Research and development for a nonprofit government contractor
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degrees in law enforcement, homeland security and liberal arts and a master's degree in education from American Intercontinental University.
BACKGROUND: Served in the Army for 20 years and worked as a police officer, detective, customs agent and anti-terror specialist.
"Missouri needs help given to its business now," Laszacs said. "There should be no other work done in Washington until this is successful."
He also wants to reform the education system, expand renewable fuel standards and build a functional health care system.
Laszacs said he believes that removing constricting regulations surrounding education is the best way to reform the system.
"Most mandated control factors need to be broadened to allow latitude for interjection of learning strategies that provide students with knowledge gained from the experience of learning," he said, "even when the teaching technique is not measurable by government mandated assessment goals."
Renewable fuels are key in helping Missouri's economy, Laszacs said.
"Community-based energy development will ensure our power stays locally owned and is the best way ahead for our farmers and our rural communities," he said.
-Information gathered from his website, www.alforsenate2010.com.