Darden Rice

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger


Darden Rice graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. American Studies, History. Rice has 15 years of experience working for national, state, and local organizations in communications and advocacy campaigns. Rice has served on the city council since 2013, winning the Outstanding Green elected official award in 2016 and the Best of the Bay Awards: Best City Council member award in 2015. Rice has also been awarded the Sierra club black bear award and St. Pete Preservation President’s Award. Darden lives with her wife and was the first openly gay person to run for elected office in Pinellas County.

Key Issues


Rice wants to improve education by implementing universal pre-K, offering free two-year college degrees or technical training, and supporting first-time college students.


Rice plans to support small businesses by seeking the input of important stakeholders, creating innovative parking solutions, streamlining the permit process, and making rent more affordable.


Rice plans to provide affordable housing by “utilizing the tools in the city’s tool belt” and making rent more affordable.


The Police Union; Anna Eskamani, Florida State Representative; Annette Taddeo, Florida State Senator; Gine Driscoll, St. Pete City Council Member; Kevin Beckner, Former Hillsborough County Commissioner; Equality Florida; LGBTQ Victory Fund; SEIU Florida; National Organization of Women PAC of Florida; EMILY’s List; Ruth’s List


Darden Rice
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