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Interview With District 2's Ken Russell

by Headly Westerfield

I originally met potential Commissioner-elect Ken Russell way back when -- during Soilgate -- when I called out of the blue to interview him.

While it appeared as if Merrie Christmas Park would be re-mediated properly, I was surprised when he moved on to his next concern, which was all the other toxic parks in the city. Russell was genuinely concerned that those residents might not have enough clout, or enough money, to hire a lawyer like he and his neighbours had. That's when I knew Ken was about far more than his own property values. He had a Social Justice bone. 

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CBS Miami

Election Confusion Over Miami Commission Race

But it’s still not clear whether the election will have to continue, even without an opposing candidate. The city attorney is reviewing election law and the charter.

Russell, who made his name fighting to remove all the toxic soil from Merrie Christmas Park in Coconut Grove, was thrilled by his win but told Zea he wants it fair and square.

“I was relieved to hear it, but for me it was more important that the process is followed,” said Russell.

He said he wants to save the estimated $100,000 cost of a runoff election, but is leaving it to the lawyers.

“A waste of money is never a good thing. I just want to make sure we have a clear mandate,” he said.

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