Franz was born in St. Louis and graduated from Lindbergh High School. He attended classes at Southeast Missouri State University and after entered the police academy. He spent a large part of his career as a Kirkwood police officer. He was also a D.A.R.E. officer and taught grades 5-12 at Kirkwood schools and St. John Vianney High School. Currently, he works for the Monsanto Company, protecting the assets and the employees of the company. He and his wife, Karen, have been married for 30 years and have two children.
As of February 12, 2014, Franz has not filed a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
As of February 12, 2014, Franz has not received an endorsement in this election.
|Mehlville Board of Education, At-large, 3-year term, April 5, 2011, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||John Roland, Jr.||10.6%||3,177|
|Source: General Municipal Election, "St. Louis County, Missouri," accessed February 12, 2014|
What's at stake?
Three seats on the Mehlville school board are up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Randy Howard, Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto, Samantha Stormer and incumbent Rich Franz will face off for the three at-large seats. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers decided not to seek another term.
Issues in the district
In January 2014, it was announced that the Mehlville School Board was considering giving raises to teachers that met certain standards set by the Missouri School Improvement Program. Board member Elaine Powers stated that specific details had not been sorted out yet, but that it was being given serious consideration.
About the districtSt. Louis County, Missouri. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. The county's population was 221,939 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
St. Louis County outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 39.8% of St. Louis County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. St. Louis County had a median income of $58,485 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for St. Louis County was 8.3% in 2010 compared to a 10.5% rate for the rest of the state.