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Charlie Crist to appear at event for Democratic St. Pete candidate

Published:   |   Updated: May 2, 2013 at 01:59 PM

In another sign of Charlie Crist's new Democratic bona fides, the former Republican Florida Governor is lending his support to Darden Rice, a left-leaning candidate for the St. Petersburg City Council.

Crist, who grew up in St. Petersburg, is scheduled to make a special appearance at a fundraiser for Rice at Cassis American Brasserie in downtown St. Petersburg on May 21. After a much-publicized switch to the Democratic Party, Crist is regarded as a front runner to win its nomination and challenge incumbent Rick Scott in 2014.

Rice, a former president of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the League of Women Voters, is running for the District 4 seat against neurosurgeon David McKalip and Carolyn Ann Fries, a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur.

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