SEIU Endorsed Darden Rice for St. Pete Council District Four Seat

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2013

For more information:  Afifa Khaliq

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SEIU Announces Endorsement of Darden Rice in District 4 City Council Race

Poll results show Rice leads in overall support and ability to address key economic issues


ST PETERSBURG, FL: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced their pick for District 4 in the St. Petersburg municipal elections. Darden Rice earned the support of SEIU’s public service, healthcare and property service workers in the Tampa Bay region.

“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.”

After a recent poll commissioned by the Union, results showed Darden Rice outpaced her opponents in favorability among District 4 voters as well as residents’ faith in her ability to strengthen local businesses and create more jobs. The April 29th poll, which included a random sample of registered St. Pete voters, sought to gauge the community’s opinion of District 4 candidates and how they’ll perform when it comes to getting our local economy back on track. (See the results StPetePolls_2013_SEIU_StPetersburg_district4_April_29)

“Darden is the clear choice, and these survey results encourage our efforts as we continue to promote a local economy that works for everyone,” added Robin Turner, city worker and Chapter Chair for the Union in St Pete. “We have the resources to equip the communities where we work and live with the necessary tools and knowledge to improve local government through community involvement.”

SEIU Florida represents over 58,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers across the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital services in St. Petersburg-area hospitals, nursing homes, public schools and city government. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.


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