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Franz, Ray (R)State Representative District 101
State Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama was elected in November 2010 to his first term in the Michigan House to represent residents of Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. He unseated Rep. Dan Scripps by 891 votes, a much different result than two years prior, when Scripps beat Franz by more than 10,000 votes. Democrats have targeted Franz each of the last two elections, but he's survived both challenges. In 2014, he defeated Tom Stobie 51 to 49 percent. Prior to his time in the House, Franz served 30 years on the Onekama Village Council. He was the council president for six years.
Moving his young family to Manistee County in 1978, Franz purchased Kenny's Market in Onekama, later renaming it Franz Market. Ray operated that store for 30 years until it sold in 2008.
To read MIRS biography of Rep. Franz, click here.
A graduate of Salesian High School in Detroit, Ray attended the University of Detroit until drafted into the United States Army. He served one tour of duty in Vietnam, 1968-1970, and was awarded the Bronze Star Award.
Franz raised two sons and was active in the local school district serving as the junior varsity football coach, and later as a five-sport official. He attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Onekama. Franz is a lifetime member of the VFW and National Rifle Association. He also belongs to the Manistee County Chamber of Commerce.
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