Luther Campbell Files Paperwork for County Mayor

It's official. Uncle Luke is running. He is a bona fide candidate for the 2012 Miami-Dade County mayor's race. Yesterday, he quietly filed his candidate paperwork at the Miami-Dade Elections Office. Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, and former state Rep. Marcelo LLorente aren't ready for this.

The Miami New Times columnist and high school football coach brings star power and a loyal Dade-bred fan base to the race. If the recall against Carlos Alvarez succeeds and the county commission opts to hold a special election, Campbell will run in that race as well. We will bring you more updates on Campbell's campaign in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

But he's already hard at work. Last night, he hosted a party at Club Play on South Beach, ironically the site of his long-defunct nightclub Luke's, where he was already hitting up colleagues for campaign contributions. "I told every promoter I expect $500 each from them," Campbell said during a phone conversation earlier today. "You ain't ready for this, Frank. We're gonna shock the system."

You can catch Uncle Luke tonight at Club Bed, 929 Washington Ave., where he'll host another party this weekend. Or check him out March 10 for the premiere of his young professionals' night at Grand Central. Let him know you are part of the Luke4Mayor campaign.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.