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Darden Rice officially files for re-election to St. Pete City Council

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Darden Rice made it official on Monday – she’s running for re-election for her City Council District 4 seat.

“Three years ago, I ran on a platform of ‘St. Pete Strong’ ” Rice said. “I’m proud to report that St. Pete is stronger than ever. I’ve spent my time on council continuing the same work I’ve been doing my entire life: expanding opportunity, working with our local businesses, and making St. Petersburg even more inclusive. I believe now, more than ever, we’re strongest when we work together.”

The announcement comes exactly two weeks after Rice informed the public that she as being treated for breast cancer. In that initial statement and again on Monday, she said that she and her doctors are confident in her treatment plan and she expects to fully recover.

“I’m humbled by the outpouring of support these past two weeks,” Rice said. “The emails, phone calls, texts, and letters have been so encouraging as my family and I adjust to my diagnosis. I’ve never let anything stand between me and serving my city, and I’m not about to start now. I will be running an aggressive campaign to talk with voters and let them know my record, how we tackle the issues we face, and what the future looks like for St. Petersburg.”

Rice defeated neurosurgeon and Tea Party activist David McKalip back in 2013, her first time winning public office after two previous attempts. She is a strong favorite to be re-elected, and as of now doesn’t have an opponent for the August primary.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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