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St. Petersburg City Council candidate Darden Rice lands union support

A candidate seeking St. Petersburg's District 4 City Council seat landed an endorsement from one of Florida's largest unions.

Darden Rice now has the backing of the Service Employees International Union. She is battling Dr. David McKalip and Carolyn Fries for the seat currently held by Leslie Curran, who faces term limits.

"Our members have decided to stand behind Darden Rice in this important election, because we believe we share a common vision for a stronger and more sustainable St. Petersburg," said SEIU Florida President Monica Russo. "We are confident she will bring people together and has the skills necessary to get the job done."

The union represents over 58,000 active and retired public employees, healthcare professionals and service workers across Florida.

Rice, a city activist and immediate past president of the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters, also leads McKalip and Fries in a poll commissioned by the union.

Among registered voters, Rice pulled 30.5 percent of the vote. McKalip landed 17.4 percent, and Fries recorded 9.8 percent. Still, 42.3 percent were undecided.

Local pollster, St.PetePolls,org, conducted the survey Monday of 371 citywide voters. The findings have a margin of error of 5.1 percent.

Among 214 voters in District 4, Rice captured 30.1 percent of respondents. McKalip won 16.7 percent; Fries landed 13 percent. A majority of respondents, 40.2 percent, were undecided.

The city's primary election is Aug. 27.