Darden Rice releases first campaign video for St. Pete mayoral bid

Former St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice has released her first campaign video promoting her run for Mayor.

Rice, who officially filed to run Tuesday morning, released the almost two minute video on Facebook introducing herself as a “proud progressive” and “a proud citizen of St. Pete.”

“I was raised to believe we are not defined by our challenges, but how we respond to our challenges,” Rice says at the start of the ad. 

Rice narrates the video, which is filled with shots of the former council member kayaking on the bay, a nod to her commitment to providing clean water and improved infrastructure for the community. 

Rice talks about her work as an environmentalist, and gets personal in describing her battle as a breast cancer survivor. 

“There are no words to describe the feeling when your doctor says ‘breast cancer’ — it was a moment that took my breath away,” Rice says in the ad. “But I knew I wasn’t alone.”

Rice’s first campaign creative also includes endearing footage of her wife, Eve Epstein. The two are an icon in the LGBTQ community and would be the first same-sex gay couple to occupy the

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