He raised a lot of eyebrows and got quite a bit of media attention regarding his foray into politics, but yesterday Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell saw his dreams of becoming Miami's mayor deflated.
In last night's (May 24) special vote for the mayor's seat in Miami-Dade County, Campbell faced insurmountable odds. The rapper-turned-politician failed to garner enough votes to replace ousted Republican mayor Carlos Alvarez who was pushed out of office in March.
Making a fourth place finish with just 11% of the total vote tally, Uncle Luke's platform of improving the community and taxing strippers for their tips didn't resonate with Miami voters. Frontrunner Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez will face off in a June 28 runoff election to claim the mayor's chair. It should be noted that both men are former elected officials.
As a political neophyte, Campbell fought through the criticism and carried himself fairly well. The reformed former front man for potty-mouthed rap group 2 Live Crew has now morphed into a rising political voice in his city. He also works as a newspaper columnist, high school sports coach and still runs his independent label as well.
As of now it is unclear whether or not Campbell will attempt another political bid down the road. However, Luke has shown he can debate with the best of them and became a quick study on state and local policy in a short time.
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