Ken knows the issues that Floridians care about because he is one. Read on to learn the values Ken will represent and the causes he’ll fight for in Congress.
Strengthening our Economy and Growing our Middle Class
Ken knows Floridians have been hit hard during the pandemic. That’s why his top priority is getting Florida back to work and reigniting the state’s economy. Ken knows the best way to do that is to invest in our infrastructure, revitalize our small businesses, and generate clean energy along with good, green jobs. He will ensure state and local budgets have the funding to pay for public services and employees so Floridians can not just get back to work, but can travel to and from their jobs with ease. Ken will also create provisions for Florida to Buy American and Buy Clean, making sure that Florida is creating a cleaner environment while also reinvesting in our own country’s prosperity. As we continue the new normal of a reopened Florida, we can’t forget to reinvest in those who helped keep our state running through these hard times, our middle class. Ken will ensure our middle class is prioritized by ending the federal giveaways to big businesses, closing tax loopholes exploited by large corporations, closing the racial wealth gap, and protecting the right to work. He will also increase paid sick leave and maternity leave and reform the current tax code to benefit working families over corporations.
Combating Climate Change and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations
Republicans have long believed climate change is a hoax, but Ken knows the effects of climate change are very real, especially in our state of Florida. The devastation caused by climate change will only get worse if not addressed, that’s why Ken’s ready to lead the charge to get Florida on a greener track. As a City Commissioner, Ken banned styrofoam use in city parks and marinas. He also passed a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting for the city of Miami and established a Sea Level Rise Committee to monitor and troubleshoot the rise in Florida’s sea levels, one of the most noticeable effects from climate change. In Congress, Ken will expand his work so that we can protect Florida’s water quality and restore our Everglades to their former glory.
Dismantling Discrimination and Creating an Equal and Prosperous America
Right now, Americans across the country are having a very real and very honest conversation about inequality. Ken understands that people of color, our LGBTQ+ community, and women face unprecedented disadvantages in our country, whether it’s in the workforce or at the ballot box. Ken is not afraid to tackle these issues head-on in Congress. During his time as City Commissioner, he passed an ordinance banning conversion therapy, passed a resolution condemning discriminatory policies against Muslims, and passed a resolution in support of DACA and TPS recipients. Currently, he is a firm supporter of the John Lewis Equal Rights Act and is urging Republicans in Congress to pass this bill to ensure rampant voter suppression is ended and every eligible American can vote.
Protecting Workers and Families through Affordable Housing and Wages
Ken understands the hardship many Americans face as they work to support themselves and their families. It’s not enough to just have a job, but to have a job that actually funds their housing, their food, their childcare, their education and so much more. That’s why Ken is a firm promoter of raising our minimum wage to $15 by 2026, as he’s already done for all workers contracted through the City of Miami. It’s also vital housing costs are adjusted to be more inline with what everyday Americans are making at their jobs. Ken believes housing should be a right, not a privilege for Floridians. Ken will do all he can to incentivize private construction companies to create affordable housing in Florida, and will also work for stronger homeowner rights and bill of rights for renters. Ken has already put his ideas to work in Miami, where he sponsored an ordinance allowing for the creation of micro-units to combat Miami’s affordable housing crisis. He also incentivized affordable housing in the Historic Village West through the creation of a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and 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. Ken knows every person in Florida deserves a roof over their head and an income that can keep them and their families comfortable and prosperous. In Congress, Ken will always maintain his commitment to working families.
Stop Senseless Gun Violence
Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States. Over 100,000 people are shot and nearly 40,000 people die annually from guns—devastating countless families, friends, and communities. We can and will make gun violence a thing of the past. Addressing the gun violence crisis requires supporting evidence-based programs that prevent gun deaths from occurring in the first place, including making mental health care more accessible and supporting suicide reduction initiatives, funding interventions to reduce homicides and gun violence in neighborhoods, and strengthening protections against domestic violence. If elected, I will work with Congress to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. This measure would expand background checks requirements for firearm transfers between private parties including when guns are sold at gun show.
Reproductive Rights and Women’s Issues
Ken Russell has always supported the right to choose and a woman’s control over her own body. The overturning of Roe is devastating, and the protections formerly guaranteed by the landmark case must now be codified into federal law. Now more than ever, we must strive to preserve and expand reproductive health, rights, and justice for women everywhere. It is a private and intimate decision what a woman does with her body, and our federal politicians have not only continually voted to strip Americans of their access to health care, they have also voted tirelessly against ensuring equal pay protections and providing maternity care to our women in the workplace. We have an opportunity to invest in women innovators and increase access to credit and business grants. This includes continuing to ensure equal pay for women, paid family leave for all, and much more.