Ken Russell is hoping to soar from the Miami Metropolis Commission to the U.S. Senate, saying Thursday he’ll run for U.S. Senate in Republican Sen. Marco Rubio‘s seat in 2022.
Russell will contend for the Democratic nomination to choose on Rubio, in a subject that’s expected to include things like U.S. Rep. Val Demings.
Russell’s announcement, first noted by the Miami Herald, brings an additional established elected formal to the area, which so far largely includes lesser names. Still, going from the Town Commission to the Senate would represent a significant marketing for Russell. But in a launch video clip launched Thursday early morning, he implied there may perhaps be parallels amongst his 2015 get in the Miami Commission race to his recently declared Senate operate.
“With encouragement from my neighbors I made a decision to operate for community workplace with no any big income, identify recognition or insider endorsements,” Russell explained. “The pundits never ever considered I experienced a prospect. But in the stop, we gained.”
Russell adopted up that 2015 win with a further victory in 2019. Struggling with term restrictions in 2023, Russell is now location his sights on Washington.
Demings, even so, has a important national profile thanks to her time in the U.S. House. She hasn’t formally entered the Senate race but is presently pulling in endorsements and is probable to be the Democratic Party’s favored preference in the contest. The Democratic Most important industry also contains lesser-acknowledged candidates Edward Abud, Allen Ellison, Josue Larose, Allek Pastrana and Joshua Weil.
Russell introduced a h2o sporting activities corporation right before joining the Miami Town Fee. Although he has served approximately two phrases on that entire body, he’s leaning into his outsider status in his start movie released Thursday.
“The job politicians have it all backwards,” Russell stated.
“Too lots of of individuals we hoped would lead, they just chat,” he extra, as footage of Rubio rolls.
Russell’s movie even contained a number of tongue-in-cheek references to some nicely-recognized Rubio times.
“When I feel about our Senator in Washington, Marco Rubio, I shake my head. I like to work with my palms, not be concerned about how large they are. I’m additional anxious about Florida’s water equality — and how it influences our economy — than I am about my individual bottle of h2o.”
Russell staked out regular Democratic positions in his announcement, declaring he supports acting on gun violence and law enforcement reform, passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and pushing for immigration reform.
Russell also claimed he would assist reforming the filibuster, which has so much attained resistance from Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Russell doesn’t explicitly say he would abolish the filibuster. But if Democrats ended up to do so, it would let expenditures to move with 50 votes rather than 60, enabling Democrats to thrust much more of their coverage proposals by means of. The Senate presently sits at a 50-50 tie, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.
The 2022 U.S. Senate contest will be one particular of Florida’s major, alongside the gubernatorial contest.