MIAMI -- With the run-off election for the District 2 seat in the city of Miami commission drawing closer, the city's firefighter union is backing candidate Ken Russell.

The Miami Association of Fire Fighters IAFF Local 587 said Tuesday its 710 members were endorsing Russell for the seat.

"Our Association feels he has the ability to lead the City of Miami during these changing times,” said IAFF Local 587 President Freddy Delgado.

"Ken Russell is an experienced businessperson skilled in communication, negotiation, and management," the union said in a statement. "He is very well equipped to be a successful and effective Commissioner for the residents of Miami. He’s an entrepreneur, knows how to listen to the needs of the people and find creative ways to meet those needs."

"Ken cares about the well-being of the City of Miami and its residents," the organization added. "His dedication and  commitment to the City is an example of his leadership skills and ability to work with the residents."

The endorsement from the union is the latest from organized labor for Russell.

While Russell's opponent in the upcoming contest has withdrawn, the election is still legally on. The campaign is asking voters who have requested absentee ballots to check their mailboxes for a fresh form, fill it out, and mail it in.

The election will be held November 17.