Keith Franke 54A

District 54A
About Keith Franke

Keith Franke is seeking to represent the communities of South St. Paul, St. Paul Park, Cottage Grove, Newport, and Grey Island Township.

Keith is the owner of Park Cafe and Franke's Corner Bar, which are both located in St. Paul Park. Prior to serving on the St. Paul Park City Council, he served in the Minnesota House, and he was Mayor of St. Paul Park. There he served as president of the St. Paul Park EDA and was also a member of the Red Rock Corridor Commission, the South Washington County Cable Commission and the Holiday Train Committee. He enjoyed taking part in fundraising for events like Relay for Life and Friends in Need Oktoberfest. He has supported the school district with their statewide Health Improvement Program application and always participates in the annual walk and bike to school day and created Crossing Guard Appreciation day in St. Paul Park.

While Mayor, he increased the City's bond rating to a AA, spurred economic development opportunities through sale of city lands, made improvements to Broadway Ave and worked with HRA to complete market analysis studies for continued marketing of available land. He helped make necessary ordinance changes to allow Friends in Need Food Shelf to construct a new building in St. Paul Park which serves many in the District.

Keith was born in South St. Paul and then his family moved to Cottage Grove and later moved to St. Paul Park where he currently lives. He is a single father of two daughters, Brenna and Kassie and a proud grandparent.


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