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  • Election Q&A – Missouri House District 29: Noel Torpey

  • Republican Noel Torpey and Democrat John Sutton are the two candidates for the District 29 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. The election is Nov. 6.

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  • Republican Noel Torpey and Democrat John Sutton are the two candidates for the District 29 seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. The election is Nov. 6.
    Noel Torpey
    1. Why are you running for office in the 29th District?
    I love this question because the answer never changes for me. It is simple, because I want to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. I feel like I have been able to accomplish this over the past two years, and as long as I am your representative, I will always strive for this goal.
    2. What do you think are the top three key issues in your district?
    As I’ve knocked on thousands of doors, it is clear to me that what is important to this district is education, the economy and the protection of senior citizens. Local school districts should be making decisions, not the courts or Washington, D.C. When dealing with the economy, we must work together at all levels of government to pass meaningful legislation that will benefit working families and small businesses across the state. Senior citizens should not be taken advantage of, and we should do everything and anything to make sure they are able to stay in the homes they retired in.
    3. What do you think is the role of the Missouri General Assembly in working together with local government and city councils?
    In the past few years, I have worked closely with local government, city councils and school districts to pass meaningful legislation that will not only benefit the state of Missouri, but especially Jackson County. Without the input of local leaders, this could not be accomplished. It is imperative that we work as a team to get things done.
    4. What do you think the state can do to spur economic development and job growth in the 29th District?
    As your state representative, I have worked in a bipartisan fashion with Sen. (Victor) Callahan, by passing land bank legislation that will create many new construction jobs throughout Jackson County. With the help of both Democrats and Republicans, the Missouri House passed HB1214 that will allow small businesses to flourish and grow. This year, the legislature should pass legislation, such as the Angel Investment Act, which would attract and encourage businesses to remain in Missouri.
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