About

Ken Russell

Ken Russell

My story – and my path into politics – is a little different than most folks who run for Senate.  Washington could use a little more different.

After my dad served in World War II, he married a Japanese woman – my mom. They started a business, and traveled the world. My father was working in Cuba when Castro’s regime overthrew the government, seizing all of my father’s assets and forcing them to flee the country. They settled in Miami, where they raised my brother and me. And that’s where I launched my watersports business, allowing me to see the world.

My wife and I were raising our family here in Florida, happily growing our business, but then we realized the park across the street – where our young girls played – was contaminated and the city wasn’t doing anything about it. I wanted to fix it but wasn’t sure how. So I mobilized my neighbors, and we got it done. It was all about the end product. Not who got the credit.

With encouragement from the community, I ran for local office without money or name recognition, or any insider support to speak of. The pundits scoffed at my chances, but in the end – we won.

Over the last six years, I’ve used my position to help tackle other murky problems – sea level rise, toxic algae, a minimum wage that was too low to live on, and sometimes putting my hands to a chainsaw and cleaning up after a hurricane.

Now I am running for U.S. Senate to take on Florida’s biggest problem yet: Marco Rubio. It’s far past time Florida residents were given a strong voice in the Senate who isn’t beholden to what Mitch McConnell wants — and I’m ready to step up one more time for my neighbors to be that voice.

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Ken Russell Family

After my dad served in World War II, he married a Japanese woman – my mom. They started a business, and traveled the world. My father was working in Cuba when Castro’s regime overthrew the government, seizing all of my father’s assets and forcing them to flee the country. They settled in Miami, where they raised my brother and me. And that’s where I launched my watersports business, allowing me to see the world.

My wife and I were raising our family here in Florida, happily growing our business, but then we realized the park across the street – where our young girls played – was contaminated and the city wasn’t doing anything about it. I wanted to fix it but wasn’t sure how. So I mobilized my neighbors, and we got it done. It was all about the end product. Not who got the credit.

With encouragement from the community, I ran for local office without money or name recognition, or any insider support to speak of. The pundits scoffed at my chances, but in the end – we won.

Over the last six years, I’ve used my position to help tackle other murky problems – sea level rise, toxic algae, a minimum wage that was too low to live on, and sometimes putting my hands to a chainsaw and cleaning up after a hurricane.

Now I am running for U.S. Senate to take on Florida’s biggest problem yet: Marco Rubio. It’s far past time Florida residents were given a strong voice in the Senate who isn’t beholden to what Mitch McConnell wants — and I’m ready to step up one more time for my neighbors to be that voice.

Learn About where Ken Stands On The Issues
Ken Russell Family

Ken Russell

Legislative Accomplishments

Ken has an extensive background in legislating for the issues Floridians care about. Below is a list of Ken’s legislative accomplishments while in local office. Ken wants to continue to work on these issues once elected to the Senate.

Ken Russell

Legislative Accomplishments

Ken has an extensive background in legislating for the issues Floridians care about. Below is a list of Ken’s legislative accomplishments while in local office. Ken wants to continue to work on these issues once elected to the Senate.

Economy & Housing

  • Sponsored a pilot program to allow motorized scooters in District 2, giving residents a last-mile mobility option, while also directing the money generated from the program to build new bike lanes in downtown and other parts of the district.
  • Established a program to help low-income, elderly, disabled, and veteran homeowners afford home repair.
  • Passed a $15 hour living wage for all workers contracted through the city.
  • Sponsored an ordinance allowing for the creation of micro-units to combat Miami’s affordable housing crisis.
  • Incentivized affordable housing in the Historic Village West through the creation of a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
  • Sponsored an inclusionary zoning ordinance that mandates developers seeking entitlements within a certain area north of downtown include a percentage of affordable housing in their projects.
  • Sponsored a citywide “attainable housing” ordinance to add incentives for developers to build more affordable housing projects.
  • Sponsored a rule change that strengthened enforcement of the City’s affordable/workforce housing requirements and covenants.

Climate Change & Environment

  • Established a Sea Level Rise Committee.
  • Banned Styrofoam use in city parks & marinas.
  • Sponsored a resolution to have the city join a 2016 Amicus Curiae Brief on the Clean Power Act requiring the EPA to cap carbon emissions.
  • Passed a resolution opposing off-shore drilling and seismic air gun blasting for the city of Miami.
  • Passed an ordinance banning fertilizer with phosphorus and setting restrictions on what kind of fertilizers can be used on public and private grounds. Fertilizers must also be applied at least 15 feet away from bodies of water.
  • Passed the Miami Forever Bond, providing $400 million for capital improvements and resiliency initiatives in the City of Miami, without raising taxes.
  • Expanded the PACE program that provides energy efficiency financing and alternative energy improvements for home use.

Discrimination & Transparency in Government

  • Established the Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) to monitor Miami Police compliance with DOJ consent decree.
  • Strengthened the Citizen Investigative Panel (CIP) with a budget that would increase proportionally with the police budget so that investigative accountability would be adequately funded.
  • Passed an ordinance banning conversion therapy for members of the LGBT community.
  • Passed a resolution condemning discriminatory policies against Muslims.
  • Passed a resolution in support of DACA and TPS recipients.
  • Established Fred Korematsu Day to be celebrated every year in the city of Miami in support of diversity and human rights.
  • Passed an Environmental Crimes ordinance shutting down construction sites that pollute the bay.
  • Changed the municipal code to add gender neutral language.

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