Miami New Times Columnist Running for Mayor

Miami New Times‘ most famous columnist — former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell — is running for mayor of Miami-Dade County.

As the Miami Herald reports, Campbell is no joke candidate; a fact New Times readers know already from reading the former rap star’s weekly column, which debuted last spring.

He’s got something to say.

Since last year, Campbell has spilled the contents of his mind in “Luke’s Gospel,” the pugnacious and bawdy opinion column he contributes to the Miami New Times weekly, which is unabashedly plugging his candidacy. Amid dissections of race, issues and people in politics, sports, and hip-hop, Campbell has called for the heads of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Police Chief Miguel Exposito and — twice — Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

While Campbell may face an uphill battle for the seat, the Herald notes that in a short campaign with no incumbent, his name recognition will certainly help. And, as New Times editor Chuck Strouse puts it: “Luke would make a better mayor than any of those stiffs out there.”

The special election was forced when voters threw then-county mayor Carlos Alvarez out of office in a March recall election. It is scheduled for May 24. You can read more about Campbell’s candidacy in this New Times Q&A.

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