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McDonald's Franchise Owner Sells Restaurants, Runs for Office

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Earlier this month, Joe Graviss completed a deal to sell his nine McDonald's restaurants in Kentucky to another Kentucky-based franchise owner. He is now running for Kentucky state representative as a Democrat.

Graviss entered the family business and became owner-operator of his first restaurant — the McDonald’s on Frankfort’s west side — in 1989. Leaving the business required what Graviss said felt like “divine intervention.”

Graviss says six months ago he and his wife of over 30 years, Debbie, were “talking about our future, hopes and dreams and our lives, as married couple do” and decided to explore the possibility of selling. As serendipity would have it, the very next morning, Graviss’ accountant called to discuss an offer.

“I felt like it was God saying, ‘Let’s get on,’” said Graviss, who last ran for public office in 2004. He lost to state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, in the Democratic primary. — Alfred Miller, The State Journal

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