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Miami Herald

Editorials: Runoff results — known and unknown

Voters in District 2 should not sit out the runoff, even though the result now, is a foregone conclusion. They have a duty to go to the polls and cast a ballot, if only to maximize the clout that they have on the commission dais. Despite Ms. Sarnoff’s official withdrawal, which she submitted by letter on Tuesday, the district’s new commissioner requires a solid foundation from which to legislate, and that can only come from becoming its duly elected representative.

"So, for the Miami City Commission District 2, the Herald recommends KEN RUSSELL."

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HUFFPOST MIAMI

Ken Russell: Divine Secrets of the Yo-Yo Brotherhood

by J.J. Colagrande

This is part of the unlikely story of Ken Russell, the paddle-board wholesaler and once internationally known yo-yo player, who is now engaged in a heated and controversial run-off election against the irrefutable Ken Russell himself.

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Miami Herald

City attorney: Votes for Sarnoff won’t count in Miami election

by David Smiley

There will be two names on the ballot when voters in Miami’s District 2 head to the polls Nov. 17 to select a new city commissioner, but only votes for Ken Russell will count, according to Miami’s city attorney.

In an opinion issued just hours after Teresa Sarnoff officially declared in a letter that she was withdrawing from the race, City Attorney Victoria Méndez indicated Tuesday that the city cannot halt the runoff election, but votes for Sarnoff will not be valid or publicized, essentially making Russell the city’s commissioner-elect.

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Miami Herald

Workers rally in downtown Miami for $15 minimum wage

by Nicholas Nehmas

About 200 peopled gathered outside County Hall in downtown Miami Tuesday night as part of a national day of action calling for politicians to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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Miami New Times

Miami Will Hold An Election In District 2, But Votes For Teresa Sarnoff Won't Be Counted

by Kyle Munzenrieder

People who are cynical about American democracy claim that your votes don't matter and that elections are actually determined by the moneyed elite. Yet Ken Russell, who just last year was merely a citizen concerned about toxic soil in his local park, will be Miami's next District 2 commissioner. He beat Teresa Sarnoff, the well-connected wife of the term-limited incumbent Marc Sarnoff who managed to raise a war chest that dwarfed those of her competitors. 

However, the irony is that Russell's ultimate win will become official in an election that actually won't matter at all. According to a legal opinion from the City Attorney's Office, yes, Miami will hold a runoff election, but votes for Sarnoff won't be counted. 

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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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Miami Herald

Confusion still reigns in Miami’s District 2 election

by David Smiley

Four days after suspending her campaign for Miami’s District 2 commission seat and throwing her support behind frontrunner Ken Russell, Teresa Sarnoff notified the city of Miami on Mondaythat she would withdraw from a Nov. 17 runoff election to finally decide a new commissioner representing downtown and Coconut Grove.

And yet, somehow, one of the strangest elections in the city’s history remained as confusing as ever, at least for one more day.

Instead of bringing closure to the election as expected, the office of Miami’s city attorney issued an opinion Monday that the city must hold a runoff election, that Sarnoff’s name must be on the ballot and that Miami’s city clerk likely cannot “accept a withdrawal at this stage of the electoral process.

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Miami Herald

Miami still waits for clarity after commission candidate’s concession

By David Smiley

Absentee ballots will be mailed out Saturday for voters planning to participate in Miami’s District 2 runoff — an election in which one of the two candidates has already conceded.

Teresa Sarnoff, the wife of outgoing District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, suspended her campaign Thursday, acknowledging that opponent Ken Russell is too far ahead to even try to catch without unleashing a barrage of unsavory attacks. Sarnoff says she will withdraw from the race, but only if she’s confident the city would respond by canceling the Nov. 17 election and declaring Russell the commissioner-elect.

That, however, remained a question late Friday, even after the results from Tuesday’s election were certified. Sarnoff had not withdrawn and Miami’s city attorney had not issued a clarifying legal opinion. And so the city is, for now, preparing to host a runoff election.

“Right now we have an election. We have two candidates in a race,” City Attorney Victoria Méndez said Friday.

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Political Cortadito

Mr. and Mrs. Sarnoff give up seat to Ken Russell sans runoff

In a shocking turn of events, even for 305 standards, the one-time presumed front-runner in a city of Miami race has conceded two weeks before the runoff — robbing us of a tenacious showdown in which she would have lost.

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