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Florida Politics: ‘That’s my girl’: Uncle Luke backs Daniella Levine Cava for re-election as Miami-Dade Mayor

Miami bass pioneer Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell wants Miami-Dade County voters to “Shake It” to the polls and re-elect Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

The former 2 Live Crew leader and past mayoral candidate endorsed Levine Cava in an emphatic X post.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls the great people of Miami-Dade County,” he wrote just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. “I am putting all of my support behind @MayorDaniella that’s my girl get out and vote for her.”

Then in what might be interpreted as a defense of her performance in light of reports on the county’s lagging transit development and disrepair in public transportation infrastructure, Campbell added, “She’s doing a great job and has a lot more to do Rome wasn’t built or rebuilt overnight.”

Campbell’s endorsement of Levine Cava is an about-face from his position in 2020, when he endorsed her opponent that year, Esteban “Steve” Bovo, for the job.

He joins 25 of Miami-Dade’s 34 municipal Mayors and a passel of labor unions and advocacy organizations in backing Levine Cava.

Levine Cava, the first woman and Jewish person to serve as Miami-Dade Mayor, entered 2024 in a strong position to defend her job. She raised more than $3 million last year, of which she had $2.3 million on New Year’s Day. And she’s close to repeating a previously unprecedented feat she accomplished in 2020 by qualifying for the Mayor’s race by petition.

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