Rich Franz

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Rich Franz
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Board member, Liberty Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLindbergh High School
ProfessionEmployee, Monsanto Company
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Rich Franz was an at-large member on the Mehlville school board in Missouri. He was defeated by challengers Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers had decided not to seek another term.


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.[1]



See also: Mehlville School District elections (2014)


Rich Franz was opposed by challengers Randy Howard, Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer for the three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


Mehlville School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVenki Palamand 26% 4,701
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSamantha Stormer 24.8% 4,472
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJean Pretto 22.9% 4,141
     Nonpartisan Rich Franz Incumbent 14.2% 2,564
     Nonpartisan Randy Howard 11.9% 2,141
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 44
Total Votes 18,063
Source: St. Louis County, Missouri, "General Municipal Election Official Results," accessed June 20, 2014


Franz did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.[2]


Franz did not receive an endorsement in this election.


Mehlville Board of Education, At-large, 3-year term, April 5, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Powers 19% 5,686
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRich Franz 13.3% 3,969
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Stoner 12.7% 3,802
     Nonpartisan David Wessel 12.2% 3,657
     Nonpartisan John Roland, Jr. 10.6% 3,177
     Nonpartisan Michael Doyel 9.6% 2,881
     Nonpartisan Marea Kluth-Hoppe 8.7% 2,595
     Nonpartisan Deb Langland 8.1% 2,428
     Nonpartisan Francesca Gindler 5.8% 1,732
Total Votes 29,927
Source: General Municipal Election, "St. Louis County, Missouri," accessed February 12, 2014

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Mehlville school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer defeated the incumbent Rich Franz, as well as fellow challenger Randy Howard. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers had decided not to seek another term.

Issues in the district

Merit pay

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.[3]

About the district

See also: Mehlville School District, Missouri
Mehlville School District is located in St. Louis County, Mo.
Mehlville School District is located in east-central Missouri in St. Louis County. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. St. Louis County is home to 1,001,444 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Mehlville School District was the 19th-largest school district in Missouri and served 10,967 students.[5]


St. Louis County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.6 percent of St. Louis County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in St. Louis County was $58,910 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 10.9 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race St. Louis County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.3 83.7
Black or African American 23.7 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 3.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Louis County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 297,097 224,742
2008 333,123 221,705
2004 295,284 244,969
2000 250,631 224,689

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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