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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 because I know she truly cares about our neighborhoods,” said Murray. “She takes the time to come to meetings to engage with residents and listens to our concerns. We need Darden’s leadership on City Council for the next four years so we continue the progress we’ve made in our neighborhoods and our city.

“Darden knows how to roll up her sleeves and put in the hard work to get things done,” adds Motzenbecker. “When our neighborhoods need help, Darden is my first phone call. We always know that we can count on her to find fair solutions to any issues we face. We can always count on her to do what’s right.”

“I’m honored to have the support of my district neighborhood and community leaders,” said Rice. “Our neighborhoods are a unique part of what make St. Petersburg so special. These individuals work hard to make positive change one block at a time and it shows. I am excited to continue working with them to continue our progress.”

Rice has one challenger, 21-year-old USFSP student and small businessman Jerick Johnston.

The deadline for candidates to enter the race is June 23.

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 [email protected]

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