Newcomer Ken Russell Calls for Ethical Leadership.  Attracts the Support of Political Icons


Ken Russell is running for the highly coveted District 2 Commission Seat in the City of Miami.  Today, Senator Gwen Margolis provided her support for his candidacy in the way of a strong endorsement.

“I am delighted for the chance to support Ken Russell,” said Senator Margolis. “He is an outstanding young family man who cares about the quality of life in our community.”

Candidate Russell welcomed the support. “I cannot overstate how much the senator’s endorsement means to this campaign,” said Ken. “She is one of the most well-respected and tenured legislators in the history of Florida politics. I will strive everyday to live up to the standard she has set.”

Gwen Margolis Ken Russell.jpg

Russell gained quick popularity in Coconut Grove after successfully challenging the city’s remediation plan of contaminated Merrie Christmas Park.  Although new to politics, Russell’s international business experience and collaborative leadership style have won over many long time political icons.  Gwen Margolis is the longstanding Senator serving Florida’s 35th district and has been in politics for 40 years. Her support of Russell follows endorsements from Former Speaker of the House Dick Pettigrew and Senator Daryl Jones.

Why would these veteran senators vouch for the relative newcomer?  Senator Jones was very clear, stating, “There’s something about Ken. He is a fresh face with all the right tools to bring about a culture change within City Hall. Ken has strong ethics and the leadership qualities to bring others on side.”   Speaker Pettigrew echoed that sentiment in his endorsement of Russell, stating, “I believe in Ken and I think he can bring meaningful reform to a city that desperately needs it.”  Pettigrew recently wrote a scathing op-ed in the Miami Herald pulling the curtain back on the misallocation of public funds and the lack of transparency in Miami’s city government.

Local-born Ken Russell ( traveled to over 40 countries for work before returning to Coconut Grove 13 years ago.  He speaks several languages including Spanish and Portuguese.  He owns a promotional marketing company that has serviced Coca-Cola and M&M Mars globally.  He also owns a wholesale business selling water sports gear to 100 shops in the eastern hemisphere.  Ken has three children, two dogs, and two cats.  He is married to Dr. Juliana Benedini Russell, a local veterinarian.  He is running for the City Commission seat against the wife of outgoing term-limited Marc Sarnoff.  The district includes the Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown, and Morningside neighborhoods in Miami.  The election is November 3rd of this year.

For more of Ken's endorsements, click here: