Luther Campbell has announced that he will be running for mayor of Miami – Dade County. Current mayor Carlos Alvarez is facing a recall election on March 15, and Campbell feels like he can take his place.
For those who don’t know, Campbell is best known as a record label owner, rap performer, and star of his own show Luke’s Parental Advisory. Luther Campbell was also the lead vocalist for 2 Live Crew, a hip hop group from Miami, Floride who caused considerable controversy for their sexually offensive themes, especially with the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be (1989).
His reasons for running for mayor?
When asked why he’s running, Campbell told the weekly publication that he’s “mad frustrated… I get in my car, ride around Liberty City, and everything looks the same as when I was in the neighborhood growing up. 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. Why aren’t we getting it right in Miami-Dade? Why is our government only serving one set of people? That’s what is pushing me to run.”