ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After defeating Penny Hubbard in a special do-over election for State Representative, political new comer Bruce Franks Jr. says he’s looking forward to winning the November election and going to Jefferson City.

He says he’ll push for more money for schools.

“If we can get the formula fully funded, if we can start getting resources into our public schools, then we can truly start to see the difference as well, because a lot of things that are happening, are happening in between those ages of 14, 15, 16, 17,” says Franks Jr.

Franks says the tear drop tattoos under his eyes represent all the tragedies he’s seen – including the death of a brother and a fiance.

“My fiance died in a car accident while we were on the phone together,” Franks Jr. says. “By that time, I had already been to close to 100 funerals. So, these tattoos represented tears that I didn’t cry anymore, because I was so conditioned.”

Franks Jr. also says a big issue in his district is the long-stalled plan of developer Paul McKee.

“By holding Paul McKee accountable for the things that he says that he’s going to do when it comes to development,” Franks Jr. says. “They ask me would I sit down with Paul McKee – of course I will sit down with Paul McKee. I’ll sit down and we’ll see.”

In Jefferson City, Franks says his priorities will be more state funding for crime prevention and local public schools. Franks faces Republican Eric Shelquist on the November ballot.

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