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Bruce Franks speaks after unseating Penny Hubbard in special election

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Bruce Franks is challenging the outcome of the Dem primary in Missouri's 78th house district. He lost by a thin margin and alleges voter irregularities. Credit: KMOV Bruce Franks is challenging the outcome of the Dem primary in Missouri's 78th house district. He lost by a thin margin and alleges voter irregularities. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Bruce Franks says his win over Penny Hubbard in a do-ever primary election for Missouri’s 78th House District is a victory for the community.

Franks easily defeated incumbent Hubbard 76 percent to 24 percent in the Democratic primary, which was held on September 16. The two initially faced each other in August and Hubbard prevailed, but a judge ordered a re-vote due to problems with absentee ballots.

“We can run against these machines to show who the real machines are, and the real machines are the people,” Franks said.

Franks is husband and father of five children, which includes two older stepsons. He runs a tax business on Cherokee Street in South City, and also runs an insurance company. He was previously a battle rapper.

Franks gives off a mellow and laid back vibe in conversation, but is animated and energized in a crowd.

He was active in the unrest in Ferguson, saying it helped shape him in to the person he is today.

Franks is heavily favored to defeat Republican Erik Shelquist in the general election. The 78th District runs from North City, through downtown and into South City. It includes neighborhoods that have crime and those that have upwardly mobile residents.

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