Her professional life includes more than 15 years of experience working with local, state, and national organizations in advocacy and communications. She has worked on campaign finance reform initiatives; promoting access to affordable, quality healthcare; defending voting rights by fighting unfair voter suppression laws; protecting clean water; and promoting clean energy.
Darden lives with her wife, Eve, in the Old Northeast. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cheering on the Rowdies, and taking advantage of all the amazing things St. Pete has to offer.
A record of serving St. Petersburg
Darden was the driving force behind universal curbside recycling, created the Wage Theft Prevention ordinance, and founded the council committee on the environment which has spearheaded the city’s most ambitious and comprehensive approach to measurable environmental progress (evidenced by St. Pete’s winning the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge $2.5m award this year). A regional leader on economic development, Rice is a strong and effective voice on regional transportation and housing issues.
Darden has earned the Sierra Club Black Bear Award and St. Petersburg Preservation’s Presidents’ Award. She was recognized as an Outstanding Green Elected Official by United States Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region and by Creative Loafing as Tampa Bay’s Best City Council member.