St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice recently said she is seeking to retain her council seat in District 4.
Rice, who was elected to the council three years ago, has been an advocate for a number of causes during her time as council chair and plans to see this advocacy grow in the upcoming campaign, she said in a release on the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce website.
“Three years ago, I ran on a platform of ‘St. Pete Strong’,” Rice said in the release. “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.”
Shortly after Rice was elected council chair, she said she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer; but, this hasn’t stopped her cause, the release said. Rice and her doctors are confident she will make a full recovery.
“I’m humbled by the outpouring of support these past two weeks,” Rice said in the release. “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.”
During her time on council, Rice has lead efforts for local campaign finance reform, worked to improve St. Petersburg’s efficiency and lessen its environmental impact, and promote inclusive policies, the release said.
“There is still work to be done. I’m running for re-election because our job isn’t complete until every person in our city is part of our progress,” Rice said in the release. “That means standing against hatred, working with local businesses to create jobs that pay a living wage, and always doing what’s right and what’s best for our city. I’m honored that the voters have placed their trust in me, and I’ll be asking for their support once again over the coming months.”