Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell is dropping his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress.
Russell, elected to a four-year term in 2015, would have had to resign from his commission seat this month to continue his run, after the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring municipal officers to resign to run for federal posts in cases where the terms overlap. Only a week ago, Russell told the Miami Herald that he was “finalizing the effective date” of his resignation and planning to “submit paperwork prior to the deadline.”
But on Wednesday morning, Russell said he was getting out of the race. He told The Herald that his decision was based on continuing to meet the goals he set when he was elected to the city commission to represent District 2, which covers Miami?s waterfront communities from Coconut Grove to Morningside.
?If I can?t keep the promises I made here, it?s not worth going forward with this,? he said.