Darden Rice vows equity for all as she launches St. Pete mayoral bid

Launching her bid for St. Petersburg Mayor, City Council member Darden Rice says she will prioritize economic prosperity for her city and all of its residents.

That equity applies to the city both related to and independent of the COVID-19 pandemic that was brought crippling challenges to residents and businesses as safety precautions necessary to control the pandemic created an economic crisis not seen since the Great Recession.

She called ushering the city through the COVID-19 crisis her obvious top priority.

“As Mayor, I will continue to address these challenges,” Rice told Florida Politics Tuesday after she officially filed paperwork to run to replace incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, who is leaving office due to term limits.

But “another really big one,” Rice said, is ensuring the economy works for everyone.

As a member of the City Council since 2013, Rice has played a key role in various efforts to revitalize the St. Pete economy in the wake of the late 2000s and early 2010s recession. Even before taking elected office, Rice was no stranger to government processes.

She served as president of the local League of Women Voters, where she helped spearhead the Charter Review Commission,

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