Citing growing concern for the direction of our state and nation, and at the urging of area business leaders, farmers, and educators, Perryville farmer and retired educator, Rick Francis announced his intention to run as a conservative Republican for the Missouri House of Representatives in the 145th District. The 145th District includes Bollinger, Madison, and most of Perry County and is currently being served by Shelley Kenney (R-Marble Hill) who is unable to run again due to term limits.
Francis stated, “When I look at government I see too much wasteful spending and too many regulations hurting our small business owners and farmers. I also see a lack of respect for local control of our schools and the rights and freedoms of individuals and businesses. I intend to work aggressively to make changes in Jefferson City.”
Francis is not a career politician, he is currently serving on the school board for Perry County District #32. Rick spent 33 years in education, which included teaching and coaching at Woodland and Perryville High Schools and leadership positions such as Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Perry County District #32 and the Lindbergh School District.
Perry county farmer and retired MoDOT Superintendent Randy Richardet said, "Rick is uniquely qualified to be our next state representative. His conservative principles and extensive background in education and farming will serve our district well."
“My campaign will focus on improving the quality of life from Advance to Marble Hill, from Fredericktown to Perryville, and everywhere around and in between. That means improving education and healthcare, while standing up for small businesses and agriculture. It means working for more jobs to support our families, while protecting family values such as the right to life and the right to bear arms.” Francis went on to state his intention to run and win as a conservative Republican, citing his strong pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-tax increase positions.
Kathy Bade a small business owner in Fredericktown stated, "Rick understands the economic impact business owners have upon our communities. He will fight to keep state and federal regulations from choking us."
Rick Francis was raised in Bollinger County and educated in the Woodland School District and currently resides outside of Perryville with his wife, Chris. Rick and Chris have four children and five grandchildren. Francis looks forward to meeting the citizens of the 145th District as he campaigns through all three counties and has stated, “For those who want to further the conservative path of government and continue the fight against spending, taxes, and liberalism, I invite you to join us in this campaign.”