Cape Girardeau County Commission, District 1 -- Paul Koeper

Sunday, November 2, 2008
Paul Koeper

Name: Paul Koeper

Party: Republican

Birth: June 17, 1955, Perryville, Mo.

Spouse, children: Ellen Koeper; Chris Koeper, Andrea Koeper, Jessica Sostillio, Natalie Koeper

Occupation: Civil engineer, vice president of Penzel Construction Co. Inc.

Employer: Penzel Construction Co. Inc.

Businesses owned by candidate or spouse, all or in part: No answer

Public offices held: None

Past political campaigns and offices sought: None

Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the Cape Girardeau County Commission?

Answer: Trust. I will regain the trust of the residents of Cape County, working for and listening to your ideas. Listening and gathering ideas from many sources usually results in a good solution to any problem. I will hold town hall meetings in different communities and take your thoughts back to the commission. I will understand the budget and will look at ways to operate the county in a more efficient manner.

Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?

Answer: I graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. I have estimated and supervised roads, bridges and buildings for 30 years. Having worked with several government agencies, business owners and landowners, I understand their thoughts and can work out problems without either side giving away the farm. The District 1 commissioner oversees the road and bridge program, which is about 25 percent of the county's budget.

Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?

Answer: I have worked in the private sector and understand the importance of staying within a budget. I have several employees working for me and understand their problems. I understand in any organization it's not about me, it's about us, and the key to success is to surround myself with good people. I have worked with other government agencies and have an understanding of how they think. I have had to develop new ideas and ways to cut costs without jeopardizing the quality of work.

Question 4: What specifically will you do to ensure open and transparent government?

Answer: As stated before, I will hold town hall meetings, and if residents would like to see evening commission meetings, webcasts or telecasts of meetings, I welcome these ideas if feasible and realize the resisdents will be my boss and if the boss isn't happy, no one's happy!

Question 5: In what ways will you support road-paving projects for the county?

Answer: I believe the existing road-paving policy needs to be rewritten. I don't believe it has the best interest of the people of our county. I will offer to meet with all property owners on roads and discuss the problems and ideas along that section of road before any extra rights of way [easements] are requested.

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