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Darden Rice endorses Trenia Cox

Rice is the first incumbent to endorse Cox.

St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice is endorsing Trenia Cox for District 5.

Cox is running against Deborah Figgs-Sanders to replace Steve Kornell, who is leaving office because of term limits.

“St. Petersburg is headed in the right direction, and we need strong city leaders who will keep us on track to address our biggest issues: infrastructure improvement, affordable housing, and making sure more in our community have access to good jobs. With an eye on those priorities, we can grow our city in a way that celebrates our diversity, protects our environment, and preserves the authenticity and specialness of our city identity as we grow,” Rice said.

“City Council is not an easy job, not that it should be. We will acutely need City Council Members who stand tall with experience, maturity, and a steadfast leadership style that honors all people. One candidate in this race stands out on all those counts and who will be ready on Day One: Trenia Cox.”

Rice plans to run for Mayor in 2021. If both women were elected, they would serve together for at least two years. Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman endorsed Figgs-Sanders.

Both candidates in the race are registered Democrats, though City Council races are nonpartisan. Cox has been amassing a bipartisan group of endorsers that includes Rep. Wengay Newton, Pinellas County Commissioner Kathleen Peters, and former Pinellas County School Board Member Linda Lerner as well as the St. Petersburg Firefighters.

“I am honored to have the support of City Council Member Darden Rice. She is a great leader in our city. I am proud of the support my campaign has earned from leaders of all segments of our community. I will be a leader on Council who represents and works with everyone regardless of who they supported or what party they belong to,” Cox said.

Cox finished first in the August primary with Figgs-Sanders coming in second.

The general election will be open citywide. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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