Miami, rap legend Luke Campbell has officially announced he will run for Mayor of Miami, pitting him against County Commissioner Carloz Gimenez, Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, former State Legislator Marcelo Llorente and others.
The news of Luke’s candidacy comes as the city of Miami prepares for a recall election sitting Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Mayor Alvarez could end up being the first American Mayor in decades to be recalled from office in decades, after car mogul Norman Braman collected hundreds of thousands of signatures calling for the recall.
“The current administration of Mayor Carlos Alvarez hasn’t created any new jobs, yet we keep these government employees who have been around for decades and aren’t doing anything,” Luke told the Miami New Times. “Then there’s affordable housing. People in the James E. Scott projects have been kicked out of their homes and forced to move to other parts of the county. The same has happened in other parts of the county. Places have been knocked down and never rebuilt. Folks were displaced because of politics and scandal. Instead of this massive incompetence, we need to build gated communities with security-guard entrances in the inner city. Then people would feel just as safe as those wealthier folks who live in Fisher Island and the Kendall suburbs.”
Luke said that his experience running nightclubs and his ground breaking record label Luke Records has given him the business experience needed to run the city.
The mogul said that he was up to the task of balancing the county budget.
He also offered up an interesting new form of taxation to help generate revenue for the city of Miami, by taxing strippers, who have the potential to earn thousands each day, tax free.
“Even though all my stripper friends are gonna be mad at me, I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers,” Luke continued. “They make all this money and don’t pay taxes. I’d take that cash and put it into a fund where it supports youth athletics for girls like cheerleading or softball. Or it can go to help pay for existing little girls programs that are struggling to get government assistance.”