Dick Franson has been on the Minnesota ballot 25 times, winning only his 1962 election to the Minneapolis City Council.
He proudly says no one in the state, even names like Walter Mondale and Harold Stassen, come near equaling him. So, he said the other day, that makes him the godfather of Minnesota politics.
This year Franson is running in the DFL primary to oust incumbent Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. He has run for a variety of statewide offices, seldom receiving more than a smattering of votes.
As a retired Army sergeant, Franson’s main campaign is advertising in military publications and handing out those ads to the Capitol press corps.