Luther Campbell Woos Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club, Files for Mayor's Race

Categories: Luke's Gospel
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Luther Campbell is in the mayor's race. Now he just needs to settle on a campaign slogan. The high school football assistant coach and Miami New Times columnist was officially accepted by the Miami-Dade Elections Department as a candidate for county mayor.

Campbell joins a field that includes former county Commissioner José "Pepe" Cancio, ex-Miami-Dade transit director Roosevelt Bradley, and former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente. Expected to file by today's 5 p.m. qualifying deadline are Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez.

And to show we believe in Campbell's candidacy, New Times has taken the unprecedented step of helping Campbell make it official by paying his $300 filing fee.

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Earlier this morning, Campbell was the guest speaker at the long-running political gathering at David's Cafe II in Miami Beach. The standing-room-only crowd included television reporters Glenna Milberg and (former New Times columnist) Jim DeFede.

Dressed in a gray two-piece suit, purple dress shirt, and no tie, 2 Live Crew's ex-frontman introduced himself as a longtime businessman who helped put Miami-Dade County on the map. "Running a record company, Luke Records, for over 25 years, we put a lot of people to work," Campbell said. "That is what my candidacy is about: putting people to work. I know we have a lot of challenges. I am a fighter. I fought for free speech all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And I fight for my community."

A white-haired man in a short-sleeve red dress shirt, suspenders, and a tie asked Campbell if he had attended a county commission meeting in the past year: "No, I have not," Campbell said. "Is there anybody in here -- really, let's be honest -- that wants to sit through that?"

The crowd laughed at the retort. "I TiVo it and I look at it," Campbell explained. "I call it a Banana Republic, and I am serious about it. The commissioners make their own rules as they go... they just do what they want to do... They have no respect for the people."

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19 comments
Alecca20
Alecca20

Cuban or not Cuban, we have to face our problems. We need someone to Immediately work to repeal the2010-2011 Alvarez property tax increases, restructure County Government, eliminate wasteful spending and improve public Safety

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Iuzzolth

5 Reasons Why I am Voting for and Plan on helping Luther Campbell:

1. HE IS NOT A POLITICIAN2. He is not part of the Cuban "All in the Family" Miami club3. He has spoken out throughout his career against curruption and will continue to do so, which can hopefully lead to the demise of this personal-agenda driven Coutny government4. He has exemplified his efforts in reaching out to the less fortunate in this County. Unlike other candidates I don't think he will going to Coral Gables networking events to kiss ass for donations. (won't say who is doing it but take two guesses)5. He is the only candidate who realistically has a chance at a successful campaign because of the people, not the money. Take a look at this link and see how much money these hstlers have put into their campaigns. http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/m...Numbers don't lie, go Luke!

John
John

Hey, at least he's not Cuban - He's got my vote!

Amarilys
Amarilys

Many people might believe Luther running for mayor is a joke but I don't think so. It's about time people stop seeing him in a bad light and really look at what he has done for this community. I think Miami needs a fresh start away from corruption and Luther Campbell is it!!!! Give him a chance!!! Lets face it, we don't have a good track record with voting so lets try a different direction for this city.

bigriggs
bigriggs

It's bad enough he is around young people as a coach but what a joke of a mayor he would be.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Here is a good slogan for LC: "Change we can believe in"

Ttsturrup
Ttsturrup

my uncle coach with luke optimist team that led central to state.

Helen
Helen

you're right, he's worse - he's black.

Ranger876554
Ranger876554

yeah but not have as bad as most of the others who are nothing but two-bit fascists

Back2School
Back2School

Your uncle should learn you some grammar.

Hrh808
Hrh808

How does that apply to this issue?

james m
james m

you racist dope,at least he does things for the community what the hell do you do!

Rick and Alice
Rick and Alice

Wow, it's people like you that keep the USA in the state that it's in Helen. I pity you

MARGO
MARGO

HELEN YOU IDIOT

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