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Without challenger, Amy Foster wins in St. Pete District 8

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As qualifying ended at 5 p.m. in St. Petersburg’s mayoral and City Council races, one race is over before it ever really began. Amy Foster has been re-elected to District 8. Foster filed her paperwork May 24, one day after St. Petersburg social worker Tharius Bethel mounted a challenge – lasting no more than a day. Bethel was forced to drop out of the race also on May 24, after informing the City Clerk’s office that he did not live…

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Neighborhood activists rally behind Darden Rice’s re-election bid

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Darden Rice appears to be in good shape for her re-election bid to the St. Petersburg City Council, but she’s not taking anything for granted. The current chair of the Council announced the endorsement of 15 leaders from 11 major neighborhoods across District 4. Backing Rice are: Marlene Murray, Lee Palmer, Alisha Ford, Jack Spinrad, Scott Willis, Cathy Wilson, Thomas Paterek, James Keane, Jason and Megan Kotsko, Lisset and Wayne Hanewicz, Kristen Noakes-Fry, Peter Motzenbecker, and Phil Peyton. “I’m proud to support Darden Rice…

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No surprise — Sierra Club endorses Darden Rice re-election to St. Pete City Council

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As Earth Day approaches this weekend, Darden Rice is rolling out endorsements from two environmental organizations for her re-election bid in St. Petersburg City Council District 4  — Florida Conservation Voters and (unsurprisingly) the Sierra Club, where she had previously worked. “We’re proud to endorse one of our own,” said David Harbeitner, President of the Suncoast Chapter of the Sierra Club. “Darden has a long history of environmental activism and a strong commitment to standing up for what is right.…

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Darden Rice draws challenge for her City Council seat from businessman/student Jerick Johnston

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice has picked up a challenger in her race for re-election this year. He’s Jerick Johnston, a 21-year-old business major at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg and CEO and president of Johnston Consulting, where he works with individuals and small businesses on mobile device training. “I’m a millennial and I have a firm belief that we need more young people in government, and I’d love to be a small part of that,” Johnston says,…

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