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Is State Rep Bruce Franks running for mayor as a write-in candidate?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Hours after hinting he may run as a write-in candidate for St. Louis mayor, State Representative Bruce Franks Jr. announced a change of plans.

Franks posted a longer statement on Facebook saying that he appreciated the support, but won't running because he fears his seat could remain empty for a year-and-a-half if he wins and a special election is not granted. 

"...That would mean 1 less democratic seat, 1 less progressive voice, 1 less black voice and that would mean the 78th would be left with no representative...," read a portion of the statement he posted.

Thursday night, Franks took to social media to voice his frustration with the results of Tuesday’s mayoral primary, so he decided to hint at an announcement that he may join the race.

Franks also took to Twitter.

Franks was getting a lot of buzz on social media, many supporting his indirect announcement.

Former Circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce tweeted that Franks should never be underestimated. 

Franks became well-known as an activist leader during the 2014 protests in Ferguson.

He's a political newcomer who first won political office in September after what some call a slanted win over Penny Hubbard in a court-ordered redo election.

Hubbard was a longtime 78th District House Representative.

In order for Franks to be on the April 4 ballot, state law requires franks get necessary signatures, sign a declaration of intent and deliver them to the Board of Election Commissioners by March 24.

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