Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell has set a lofty next political goal: U.S. Senate.
The District 2 Democrat has filed to challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.
Russell has a short political history for a Senate run, having been elected to the city commission in 2015. He has championed environmental issues after doing business selling watersports equipment.
“Going from surfboard salesman, commissioner, and now this, some would think is a crazy jump. And I don’t blame them for that,” Russell said, sitting down with Local 10 News’ Glenna Milberg on Thursday morning to announce his plans.
“But for me, if I can be of service at this level, I want to be as effective as possible.”
Russell might first need to defeat state Rep. Val Demings in a Democratic primary, as the high-profile former Orlando police chief has also signaled a run.
Russell made a brief run for Congress in 2018 but decided to keep his seat at City Hall. He would eventually need to resign his commission seat to run for Senate, but not until effectively January 2023.