Ken Russell

On the Issues

On the Issues

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 the Senate.

Economy

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 business, 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.

Climate

Combating Climate Change and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Republicans, like Marco Rubio, 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 the Senate, Ken will expand his work so that we can protect Florida’s water quality and restore our Everglades to their former glory.

Equality

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 the Senate. During his time as County 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 the Senate to pass this bill to ensure rampant voter suppression is ended and every eligible American can vote.

Affordability

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 the Senate, Ken will always maintain his commitment to working families.

Gun Violence

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.

Reform the Filibuster

Fix Our Democracy

We Democrats have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enact bold structural reform on every progressive issue we care about such as democracy reforms, universal health care, climate change legislation, and immigration reforms. To do so, we need to abolish the filibuster. As the Senate’s rules exist today, Republicans in the Senate will still have the power to block every single progressive priority using a procedural tool called the filibuster, which requires at a minimum 60 votes to advance legislation. Due to this procedural tool, Republicans have this blocking power even though they don’t represent the will of voters and of the American public. It will be used by Republicans to block every single progressive priority, even in the best-case scenario where Democrats control the House, Senate, and White House. We can’t let the filibuster get in the way of progressive structural reform, that’s why if elected I will work to change this procedural tool.

About Ken Russell

Economy

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 business, 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.

Climate

Combating Climate Change and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Republicans, like Marco Rubio, 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 the Senate, Ken will expand his work so that we can protect Florida’s water quality and restore our Everglades to their former glory.

Equality

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 the Senate. During his time as County 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 the Senate to pass this bill to ensure rampant voter suppression is ended and every eligible American can vote.

Affordability

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 the Senate, Ken will always maintain his commitment to working families.

Gun Violence

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.

Reform the Filibuster

Fix Our Democracy

We Democrats have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enact bold structural reform on every progressive issue we care about such as democracy reforms, universal health care, climate change legislation, and immigration reforms. To do so, we need to abolish the filibuster. As the Senate’s rules exist today, Republicans in the Senate will still have the power to block every single progressive priority using a procedural tool called the filibuster, which requires at a minimum 60 votes to advance legislation. Due to this procedural tool, Republicans have this blocking power even though they don’t represent the will of voters and of the American public. It will be used by Republicans to block every single progressive priority, even in the best-case scenario where Democrats control the House, Senate, and White House. We can’t let the filibuster get in the way of progressive structural reform, that’s why if elected I will work to change this procedural tool.

About Ken Russell

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