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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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Blog: Engage Miami

Starting Anew in D2

by Leah Weston

The bottom line: this upcoming Tuesday, November 17th, a runoff election will take place between Ken Russell and Teresa Sarnoff for the District 2 seat! We believe it is crucial for District 2 residents to participate in this election, as the legal status of the votes still remains unclear. Although prior court decisions guided the City Attorney’s legal opinion, the fact remains that this particular situation has not been tested in court. If you haven’t sent in an absentee ballot, take a few minutes and show up to your polling place on Tuesday. The mere the act of showing up announces our generation’s commitment to paying attention and participating in our city’s future. Democracy is counting on you. (No pressure).

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Miami New Times

Ken Russell Says He's Giving Back $77,000 He Raised After Besting Sarnoff

by Tim Elfrink

For months leading up to the District Two commission race, Ken Russell's fundraising lagged far behind his chief rival, Teresa Sarnoff. By election day, he'd hauled in just $158,560 compared to Sarnoff's $747,000 war chest.

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Blog: Not Now Willy

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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Miami Herald

From written-off to victorious: How Ken Russell shocked Miami

by David Smiley

The first clear signs that the campaigns with all the money and power had erred by not giving more credence to the chances of the scion of a Miami yo-yo empire arrived in the days before the election.

One by one, in numbers that grew slowly until they couldn’t be ignored, voters from Coconut Grove, downtown and Edgewater straggled to the polls during early voting — not to support the city commissioner’s wife or the mayor’s top pick but for Ken Russell, the charismatic water sports wholesaler trailing in the polls.

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