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Miami Herald

Russell (who else?) takes Miami District 2 Commission election

by David Smiley

Once underfunded and overlooked, Ken Russell was told he only needed one vote Tuesday to win Miami’s powerful District 2 commission seat. He received 2,700, ending what will surely go down as one of the most convoluted elections in Miami history with an exclamation point.

“Despite the big names, despite the big special interests, a yo-yo playing surfboard salesman was somehow able to become your commissioner,” Russell said during a victory speech at the Grove Spot Tuesday night that began with an emphatic “whooo!” and ended with two hands flashing rock-n-roll signs as AC/DC’s Back in Black began to play. “Money and special interests didn’t elect me, you did. So I can promise they won’t guide me, you will.”

Russell, who was outspent roughly five times over by Sarnoff leading up to the general election, said it’s likely he’ll be sworn in Nov. 25, the earliest he can be placed into office for his four-year term. He told the dozens who attended his election party — including Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Francis Suarez — that he’s dreaming of transportation solutions, extra green space and a more ethical and collaborative government.

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CBS Miami

Miami & Miami Beach Reach Finish Line After Runoffs For Commission Seats

Miami and Miami Beach have reached the finish line after runoffs for their final commission seats.

Ken Russell, who was running for the District 2 seat, coasted to an uncontested victory Tuesday night.

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Miami New Times

Miami Election Results: Ken Russell Makes it Official

by Kyle Munzenrieder

Both candidates will be serving in political office for the first time, and will undoubtedly bring a fresh prospective to their respective commissions. 

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CBS Miami

Polls Open In Miami

Polls are open in Miami and Miami Beach for voters to decide a pair of run-off elections.

Voters in Miami will cast ballots for a new District 2 commissioner. Ken Russell will win the seat because his opponent, Teresa Sarnoff, withdrew last week. The city said votes for Sarnoff won’t count, but the election must be held.

The polls will close at 7 p.m. 

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Miami Herald

Miami will still vote in District 2 race

by Joey Flechas and David Smiley

In Miami, voters from Coconut Grove to Morningside will choose a new District 2 commissioner, although the election's outcome has already been determined after Teresa Sarnoff withdrew last week, leaving Ken Russell as the only candidate still in the running. The city says votes for Sarnoff won't count, but law requires that the election must be held. Russell will succeed Sarnoff’s husband, term-limited Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can find sample ballots, poll locations and other election information at http://www.miamidade.gov/elections.

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Blog: Only In Miami

Miami Election Tomorrow, Voters Should Hit Polls

by Grant Stern

Ken Russell is a first time politician and underdog candidate for Miami’s influential District 2 Commissioner’s seat.

Now Russell’s left fighting a local political machine to the end with lawyers and memos instead of just the usual campaigning for votes – which he’s been doing cheerily under the stressful circumstances.

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el Nuevo Herald

SABINA COVO: The odd choice of Russell vs.Russell

District 2 of the city of Miami is one of the most important at this time. All districts are important. But this particular one is leaving a lot of money in the city, and needs a lot of planning, analysis and approval or disapproval of relevant changes that are occurring. There are about 18 new skyscrapers in the district and is expected to come more than five. Giant buildings, condominium prices up $ 750.000. Imagine that is on property tax! Not to mention the necessary (police, firefighters, etc.) planning. To accommodate all these people.

If you are as confused as I am with this situation or my article, be sure to pay close attention to this election on Tuesday. (If that is done, there is nothing written in stone). For now, if you planned to vote, get out and vote, that if people do not leave because of the confusion that has been the surprise reaction Teresa Sarnoff, who wanted so much to be commissioned, but it does not want, will be worse. Strategies side policies?

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Miami Herald

Russell’s rejection of $77,000 a window into hectic week after Miami election

by David Smiley

For Ken Russell, it was a whirlwind 72 hours.

First, the underdog candidate emerged from a Nov. 3 general election as the heavy favorite to win the city’s powerful District 2 commission seat. Then, his phone began to ring off the hook with requests for interviews and meetings, to the point he simply bought a new phone.

And finally, after his lone remaining opponent dropped out of the race, the money poured in, much of it solicited by Commissioner Francis Suarez, Commissioner Frank Carollo and Mayor Tomás Regalado. In just a matter of days, Russell, suddenly Miami’s most popular politician, had nearly doubled what he’d raised in eight months.

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