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For Immediate Release:                                                        

Contact: Meagan Salisbury

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Sierra Club and Florida Conservation Voters Endorse

Environmental Advocate and City Council Chair Darden Rice

−Florida Conservation Voters First-Ever Municipal Endorsement −

 

St. Petersburg, FL – The same week as Earth Day, St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice announced that she received the endorsements of the Sierra Club and Florida Conservation Voters.

 

“We’re proud to endorse one of our own,” said David Harbeitner, Political Chair of the local Suncoast Chapter of the Sierra Club. “Darden has a long history of environmental activism and a strong commitment to standing up for what is right. We want to continue to work with her to make St. Petersburg a cleaner and healthier city.”

 

“Florida Conservation Voters is proud to announce Darden Rice as our first-ever local endorsement in her race for St. Petersburg City Council,” said Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director, Florida Conservation Voters. “City Council Chair Rice is a dedicated public servant who will tirelessly defend what is best about St. Petersburg. We look forward to working with her to protect our parks, waterways, and wildlife.”

 

Rice is the founder and Chair of the City Council’s Environmental, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (ENRS) Committee, a committee that sets the foundational work for the citywide comprehensive sustainability plan and supports the work of the Mayor’s newly created Office of Sustainability. Chair Rice has called for greater public input and oversight into the city’s commitments to sewer and stormwater fixes.

 

“I’m very honored to have the support of these two respected and effective organizations,” Rice said. “I started my career working to protect the environment, and I have continued that deep commitment to those values in my career as a City Councilwoman. I am focused to continue the necessary work of protecting our environment in St. Petersburg.”

 

Darden also served as the Florida Director of Gulf Restoration Network during the BP oil spill and the subsequent Gulf of Mexico ecosystem restoration process. She received the Sierra Club Black Bear Award in 2016 for her ongoing commitment to protection of the environment.

 

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