Just a few weeks ago, Darden Rice and Ken Welch were fierce rivals, vying to make history — but Rice has now joined forces with Welch to make him St. Pete's first Black mayor.
What's happening: Rice endorsed Welch yesterday in his race against Republican and her fellow City Council member Robert Blackmon.
- Rice told the Tampa Bay Times' Colleen Wright that she wants to be a part of Welch's success, and therefore the success of the city.
The other side: Blackmon told Wright he was disappointed with Rice's endorsement of Welch, but his strategy is still the same:
"She’s still my friend. ... Just because someone doesn’t support you doesn’t mean her ideas aren’t valuable. Once I’m elected mayor, everyone’s viewpoints will have a home."
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