Former 2 Live Crew frontman, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, officially filed paperwork this week to run for Mayor of Miami-Dade County.
After turning in the necessary documentation, the former rapper spoke to Miami reporters, who asked him if he was for real.
“I’m dead serious,” Luke said. “That’s a question [they have] been asking me since I put in my first document: am I serious? I am serious, this is no joke.”
Luke first revealed that he planned to run in early February in a column for the Miami New Times, in which he explained that he’s been thinking about running for years.
“I’ve thought about running for public office before, but someone would always end up talking me out of it, saying, ‘We have this good person here, he will do good for the community,’ so I always backed out,” Luke said. “But I’d end up frustrated because they didn’t do anything. I’d give them ideas and they would just tell me what they wanted to hear.
“I get in my car, ride around Liberty City, and everything looks the same as when I was in the neighborhood growing up,” he continued, detailing some of the reasons behind his decision to run. “I see the same crimes in the same areas. Officers and residents are still getting killed in the community I grew up in. I go to a city like Atlanta that has sensible affordable housing, and no one is being murdered. I go to Miami International Airport and see the same construction that has been going on for like a hundred years. All of that frustrates the hell out of me.”
Nearly a dozen people filed to run on the May 24 election ballot — including state Rep. Marcelo Llorente, former county transit director Roosevelt Bradley, economist Farid A Khavari, fireman turned community activist Jeffrey Lampert, Jose “Pepe” Cancio, former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina, Eddie Lewis and Wilbur B. Bell.
Polls suggest former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina is the front runner, reports Miami’s CBS News.
Below is Luke’s campaign platform, according to a rep:
We will revitalize the small business environment that supports existing enterprise, recruits new business and creates incentives to help meet long-term economic objectives. We will accomplish this revitalization through:
· Responsible Growth and Development
· Small Business Expansion
· Attract new businesses
· Generating new revenue sources for our county
· Job Creation
Redevelopment – we will take the opportunity to enrich our landscape by refocusing, restructuring and rebuilding to achieve the ‘highest and best use’ of our commercial and residential resources to:
· Stabilize neighborhoods
· Stop blight
· Attract new residents
· Uphold the cultural values of our diverse community
Beautification – Enhancing the “look and feel” of our neighborhoods is central to improving its economic outlook. We will seek to improve the quality of life by:
· Improving the visual impression of our county
· Instilling a sense of community and neighborhood pride
· Fulfilling the vision of Miami-Dade County as a Tourist Destination
Every citizen has the right to expect a safe environment. We will work with the various stakeholders to implement results-oriented practices that provide protection, prevent loss at work and at home and enhance the well-being for our constituents.
· Restore public trust
· Build stronger bonds between law enforcement and community
· Enhance current public safety and crime prevention programs
· Increase patrolling to industrial and neighborhood areas
· Support neighborhood watch and other preventative programming
· Solicit feedback and suggestions, study trends, apply best practices
Thriving in property and housing opportunities, Miami-Dade County has a responsibility to ensure that every citizen has access to safe and affordable housing. We will work to:
· Redesign the current public hosing model
· Remove blight from areas such as Liberty City and Overtown without gentrifying the neighborhood
Community is the sum total of the cultural, social and economic make up of Miami-Dade County. It includes the cares of our citizens and stakeholders as much as it reflects a specific a neighborhood, leader or institution. Our community is about us, who we are and what we believe in. It also dictates what we must do to preserve our most precious values. We will improve the conditions of our communities by:
· Engaging our youth
· Caring for our seniors
· Strengthening families
· Support networks of community and faith-based resources to serve the needs of our communities