MIAMI – (CBS4) – It’s official: Luther Campbell confirmed to CBS4 Wednesday that he plans to run for Miami-Dade County mayor promising transparency, if elected.

In an extensive interview with the Miami New Times, Campbell spells out his platform as he looks to unseat Mayor Carlos Alvarez who is facing a recall election on March 15th.

Campbell, a New Times columnist, high school assistant football coach and former front man for the controversial rap group “2 Live Crew”, answered questions from a New Times reporter. On Tuesday, he abruptly canceled a press conference about his mayoral run.

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.”

In the question-and-answer forum, Campbell attacked Alvarez saying he “hasn’t created any new jobs, yet we keep these government employees who have been around for decades and aren’t doing anything.”

He also advocates rebuilding the James E. Scott housing projects that were torn down several years ago and have not been replaced.

“We need to build gated communities with security-guard entrances in the inner city,” Campbell told the New Times. “Then people would feel just as safe as those wealthier folks who live in Fisher Island and the Kendall suburbs.”

He also pushes for a plan that would include taxing exotic dancers.

“I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers,” Campbell said. “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.”

Campbell promises to run a grassroots campaign and wants to go after voters who are registered to vote, but lack motivation.

“I am going after everybody from 18 to 50 years old. It will be just like music marketing. Fun. We will be having campaign parties before the election to get people motivated, get them behind something historical,” Campbell said.

Campbell’s history in South Florida runs deep. Two decades ago, Broward authorities tried to ban his album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be,” on state obscenity charges. A jury acquitted Campbell of the charges in Broward Circuit Court.

Before he decided to run, Campbell had said that his past won’t be a problem: “I have no problem addressing the many controversies that have been a part of my life. I will have no problem answering questions about the negative side of my life. I look forward to my opponents digging up every wrong thing I have done.”

Campbell will face some stiff competition. Others who have also said they’re running for mayor include two-term Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and former state legislator Marcelo Llorente.

But whether voters will take him seriously is still in doubt. After all, Campbell’s hit songs are filled with expletives including the notorious song “Me So Horny” among others. Chris Paul, a producer with the Tom Joyner Show on FM Radio Hot 105 has written a tongue-in-cheek rap song for Campbell to consider as his campaign song. The lyrics include, “Y’all remember Uncle Luke from his days with 2 Live Crew. He made a star of that fat Chinese dude. Imagine what he can do for you. Luke wants to do his public duty, representing voters with big ole booties. Luke for Mayor! Luke, Luke for Mayor!”
(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Miami New Times significantly contributed to this report.)

Comments (11)
  1. David says:

    Well Uncle Luke remember to motivate your “grassroots campaign”, 18 to 50 years old to the polls Tuesday March 15 to recall Mayor Alvarez first. That is step 1….

    1. Lionel says:

      I Will Support Uncle Luke For Miami Dade Mayor Due To The Fact He Still Dare To Dream After Living His Dreams. The Political Arena Is Much Like A Strip Club; It Thrives On Money & Poles Which Makes Uncle Luke The Front Runner In This Miami Dade County Mayor’s Race…

  2. tommycane says:

    Yeah, I will take him seriously if he himself can get 50,000 unmotivated voters to the polls in recalling Mayor Alvarez. Get to it Luke.

  3. Tim Rowan says:

    you got my vote

  4. tiredofcorruption says:

    Let’s try this again…strong Mayor government in Miami-Dade has been going down-hill since it’s inception with Alvarez…we can’ do much worse than the Californians who voted for the Terminator twice. Maybe a couple hip-hop commissioners, two salsa and three R&B commissioners and a token rocker just for fun.

  5. ccxx says:

    This clown thinks he has all the answers. All he wants is free hand outs
    for the welfare class in Liberty City. Make him go away.

  6. Pamela says:

    Points valid, he only wants to change his community! Go for it!

  7. Mr.B says:

    We got nothing to lose; we got no money; we got jobs; we got no car; and we got no drivers’ licenses… we ain’t got nothing to lose; but we got your back Luke

  8. Delfin Joaquin Paris III says:

    Since he loves peeing on women, he seems perfect to run Miami-Dade. God speed, Uncle Luke!

  9. Juan says:

    I also like Luke. I hate the fact that Miami-Dade has too many old and young Hispanics specifically Cubans who will no-matter-what type of person it is will vote just because they want to have a Hispanic mayor specifically Cuban.

    Leaving the topic of race aside, every candidate has been proven to be corrupt in some way or another. Perhaps the 1’s that haven’t been in this bad mix of corruption is Luther Campbell Marcello llorente. The difference is Luther has been helping this community from the grassroots in Miami(go to his website to see exactly all the things he has done and you probably haven’t heard about it because he is genuinely a good person) and hopfully if elected he will head up where he should take his phiolosphies and change Miami forever fot the greater good,.

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