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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ken Russell receives important endorsement

Ken Russell, who is running for the District 2 Commission seat, has received his first major endorsement this week from former Florida House Speaker and Senator Dick Pettigrew. Often identified as one of the major figures in the “Golden Era of the Florida Legislature," Pettigrew served in the Florida House for nine years. He spent his last two years in the chamber serving as the Speaker of the House before launching a successful State Senate campaign. He is credited with having led the legislative side of Government for Governor Reubin Askew’s massive government reform plan in the 1970s and helped transform Florida’s legislative body into one of the most efficient and independent in the country.

“I am proud to endorse Ken Russell for District 2 Commissioner,” said Pettigrew. “I believe in Ken, and I think he can bring meaningful reform to a city that desperately needs it.”

Like Pettigrew, Russell believes more can be done to make our government more open and efficient. He wants our local government to function as a tool for modernization that will improve the lives of its residents and continue to push Miami to develop into the premier international city of the 21st century. 

“I am truly honored to have the support of Speaker Pettigrew,” said Russell. “He was a major reformer during his time in the State House who helped lay the foundation to make our state what it is today. As a Commissioner I will be a catalyst for change who will make our local government transparent to and inclusive of the local residents.”

Ken Russell entered the District 2 race two weeks ago. He already has the support of many residents around the contaminated parks where Russell has been successful in getting the city to re-evaluate their plan and remove toxic soil.  Russell states that he is now ready to clean up the City of Miami with a platform of good government, traffic solutions, and smart development.  

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken is the one

March 17, 2015 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect to Ken Russell and former Florida House Speaker and Senator Dick Pettigrew, what warrants this endorsements! What precisely has Mr. Russell achieved for the past several years, that has benefited our community enough for Mr. Pettigrew to recommend that we vote for this candidate? Please be so kind as to list his community involvement and accomplishments. Posing for photo op in front of City Hall does not assure us of his qualifications for an office there.

March 17, 2015 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that Coral Gables cleaned up the soil at MC Park. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

March 17, 2015 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has been at the forefront of defending Merrie Christmas park three times over the years, first when Sarnoff wanted to turn it into a dog park without proper notice second when again he tried to break grounds for an exercise park illegally and third time when a very stupid plan was adopted to "remediate" toxic waste dumped by the city at the above mentioned park and many other parks across the city. Ken successfully faced off with the officials and made changes for the better.I think he is fed up with the course Miami has taken and he wants change,he is a neighbor and he is change.

March 17, 2015 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:35 Sarnoff said an anonymous private donor from the Gables was going to pay for a part of the cleanup, now it appears it was untrue and tax payers will be paying the costs plus unknown overruns. Surprised?

March 17, 2015 4:35 PM  
Blogger said...

Been working with Ken for years in the water sports industry. Ken ran his business with the customer front and center in everything he did. His moral compass was tested many times over the years and we can always say we were proud to partner with him. He will serve your community well.

March 17, 2015 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Jose Umana said...

I have known Ken Russell and his family for the better part of ten years and I never thought he would run for public office. Now that he has, however, I could think of very few people who would represent their constituents as selflessly and as competently as him. He would not be guided by the special interests nor by personal gain. He will serve the community well. Vote for Ken!

March 17, 2015 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Ken Russell said...

Jose, thanks for not mentioning the worse part of the ten years.

March 17, 2015 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Ken Russell said...

Just to clarify, I wasn't involved in the Merrie Christmas Dog Park issue. Thanks for the kind words.

March 17, 2015 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politicians, promises and Toxic Waste.. how refreshing.

March 17, 2015 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What public service has Ken been doing the last 20 years? He has never been seen at any Commission Meetings, any PZAB meetings, any Hist preservation meetings... nada, zilch. In fact, no one knew he existed until he showed up at Christmas Park meeting.

March 18, 2015 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Ken Russell said...

It is true, I have not held public office before. I have not been an activist. Get to know me over the next 34 weeks, however, and you may feel that I am the right person for this job.

A good analogy might be to a company hiring a new CEO. Who's been around the company the longest isn't the most important factor. It's not about who deserves the position or feels they've earned it or paid their dues. The person who gets hired (or in this case elected) should be the person who will do the best job--the person best suited to gain consensus for good decisions.

I am a business owner and have been taking care of my family and enjoying my life. My public service has been limited to charity and volunteer work. I have been involved in water sports for both recreation and business. I used that involvement to organize events that would raise money and awareness for good causes. In the last 6 years, I have co-founded, organized and sponsored standup paddleboard races that have raised over $100k for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camillus House, Waterway restoration, Childhood Leukemia, and others.

When I learned of the city's plans to dig up contaminated soil and spread it around Merrie Christmas Park, it was not a selfless act of citizenry that got me involved. I was worried about the health of my 3 kids who play there, the value of nearby homes including mine, and the future of one of the best neighborhood parks in town.

But what I showed while working on the park is that my personality and my way of getting things done are very effective. I've been told before that I would be a good politician. That sounded more like an insult to me then. "Good Politician" is an oxymoron, right? But now I'm looking forward to being a good politician.

OK, Anonymous posters-- I know I've set myself up for some shots here. Let's keep talking...

March 18, 2015 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxpayers want commissioners who do not need on-the-job training. Look at the horrible votes from Keon Hardemon, Joe Sanchez, Marc Sarnoff, Francis Suarez, Carlos Alvarez, Bruno Barrerio... Citizens need experienced leaders and people who will not get manipulated by municipal administrations and slick lobbyists.

March 19, 2015 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does Dick Pettigrew live ?

March 22, 2015 8:11 AM  

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