Business owner to run for MO House
Shell Knob business owner Scott Fitzpatrick, 24, has announced his plans to run for the 158th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Fitzpatrick, the 24-year-old owner of Maricorp, U.S., has strong ties to the southwest Missouri area. His family has lived in the area for over 50 years, and he is a graduate of Cassville High School.
Fitzpatrick acknowledges that he lacks political experience, but he believes America's democracy is threatened by large portions of society who feel a sense of entitlement for things that others have had to work to achieve or acquire.
Fitzpatrick, who earned a business degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has built his own business that has grown from six employees to 45.
"I had to work hard and smart using technology and my personal drive to complete my degree and grow my business simultaneously," Fitzpatrick said. "I know I have the drive and principle it takes to stand up for the rights of Missourians from an imposing government set on taking away our freedoms."
As a small business owner who has survived the current economic downturn and thrived, Fitzpatrick said he is familiar with various government agencies and firmly believes it is small business that drives the economy.
"As the state representative from the 158th District, I will work hard for the people of that district," Fitzpatrick said. "I will work to reduce the government footprint on small business owners."
Fitzpatrick is seeking the seat currently held by David Sater, who is vacating the position due to term limits. Sater is running for the State Senate.
Fitzpatrick's election committee includes: Danny Buchanan, of Golden, treasurer; Jeff Shore, CPA, deputy treasurer; John Sullivan, of Cassville; Rusty Rickard, of Shell Knob; Bob Stewart, of Shell Knob; and David Large, of Cassville.