Democratic City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell added 15 current and former elected officials from across the state to a growing list of people and organizations supporting his campaign to flip Florida’s 27th congressional district this year.
Russell’s campaign announced the endorsements on Wednesday. In an accompanying statement, he reiterated his commitment to forging ahead in the race and unseating the Republican U.S. Representative. Maria Elvira Salazar in November.
“I’m uniquely focused on beating María Elvira Salazar, and having the support of so many accomplished current and former elected officials from across Florida only strengthens my resolve to win this race in one of the most volatile districts. of our country,” he said.
Mayor of the Village of North Bay Brent Latham said Russell had the knowledge and perseverance to be effective in Washington.
“Ken will be a great representative – an elected official who understands both what needs to be done and how to do it, especially when it comes to the pressing environmental and climate issues facing our district,” he said.
Councilor of Cutler’s Bay Richard Coriat said he has seen Russell’s work first hand and can attest to his willingness to collaborate.
“I had the pleasure of getting to know Ken as we worked on real issues that matter to Florida,” he said. “We need more leaders like him in South Dade.”
Cape Coral City Council Member Jessica Coden agreed.
“Local elected officials know how to work with other people, even people from different parties, and I think that’s what makes Ken a great candidate,” she said.
Other current officials endorsing Russell this week include the mayor of Tallahassee John DaileyStuart Mayor Merritt MathesonMayor of Fort Lauderdale Dean TrantalisMiami Springs City Councilman Bob BestSarasota city commissioner Jean Ahearn KochDeerfield Beach Commissioner Bernie Parness and North Bay Village Commissioner Rachel Streitfeld.
Former US Representative. patrick murphywho held public office as a Republican and Democrat from 2013 to 2017, said Russell “has a reputation for getting things done, especially when it comes to climate change and Florida’s water quality. “.
Russell “brings honesty and integrity to the political process,” said Rick Krismanformer mayor of St. Petersburg.
“I am confident that as a representative of (CD 27) he will be able to accomplish this and much more,” he said.
Former State Representative Juan Carlos Planasformer mayor of South Miami Philippe Stoddard and former mayor of Surfside Daniel Dietch also nodded to Russell.
They all join the Miami Heat veteran big man Udonis Haslem and five South Florida unions – the local chapters of unite here, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Association of Fire Fighters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — supporting Russell.
Wednesday’s endorsements from Russell’s campaign come two days after Miami’s Democratic State Sen. Annette Taddeo announced that she was dropping out of the governor’s race and will instead run in CD 27.
The move put her on a collision course with Russell, who also faces “100% popular” candidate Angel Montalvo in the Democratic primary.
Other candidates in the race include Republicans Frank Polo and non-party candidate Ian Anthony Medina.
In a short statement responding to the news that Taddeo was playing at CD 27, Russell asserted, “I’m the right candidate to face the most vulnerable GOP rookie in the country.”
“While the primaries are a healthy part of democracy, I will continue to focus on the No. 1 goal of this race – unseating María Elvira Salazar, who has delivered no results to her constituents,” he said. he declares. “We have an affordable housing crisis and I have addressed it. Voters are tired of rhetoric and will make their decision based on a track record of accomplishments for the community.