Sep 9, 2021 - Politics
Darden Rice endorses Ken Welch for St. Pete mayor
Darden Rice and Ken Welch. Photos courtesy of the City of St. Pete and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

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.

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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