Darden Rice launching “St. Pete Strong” campaign for seat on City Council

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Today, civic activist Darden Rice is launching her campaign for the District 4 seat on the Saint Petersburg City Council. The seat is currently occupied by Leslie Curran, who is term-limited from running again. 

Darden Rice, a 20 year resident, civic leader, Eckerd College alumni, and longtime homeowner, said , “I am running because I believe in making St. Pete Strong.  I have a clear vision for our city. It is based on three foundations for the health of the community.  It includes ensuring strong businesses and jobs; healthy and vital communities and neighborhoods; and effective city services.” 

Rice launched her campaign website that covers her three prong plan for the city called St. Pete Strong.

Rice is the immediate-pastpPresident of the St. Pete League of Women Voters, a non-partisan advocacy group that supports participation in voting.  She chairs the legislative committee of the PSTA transit board, of which she is an appointed commissioner.  She works in communications for health care advocacy organizations. 

With a solid background of over a decade of  experience working for national, state, and local organizations in communications and issue-based advocacy campaigns for the public interest, Rice cites her background in grassroots organization as a strength for the political realm.  “I am a practical idealist to the core.  I still believe in the old-fashioned values of engagement, courage, accountability, equity, and public service as part of meaningful civic leadership. In fact, we need those values today in public service more than ever.” 

In January, Rice decided to move in order to protect her residency in her home district during an unpredictable redistricting process.  “I have always been heavily invested in District 4 and will continue to be invested and work hard as I always have done and always will.”  

St. Pete City Council Chairman, Karl Nurse, is an early endorser of Rice’s candidacy. “If I was trying to make the world a better place and could only choose one person as a partner in the effort, Darden Rice would be the person. Her brains, creative thinking, and positive energy make for great results.” 

In a page on her website, Rice explains her positions on red light cameras, the Pier, the Rays, the police headquarters, and support for the arts. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.