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Candidates for Local Office in U.S. Are ‘Running on the Climate’ (1)

Nov. 23, 2021, 8:21 PM

When Richie Floyd, a science teacher and community organizer, ran for and won a seat on the St. Petersburg City Council earlier this month, he became the first democratic socialist elected to office in the state of Florida in a century. A political newcomer, Floyd built a campaign around several issues, including housing and the wealth gap, but in his messaging, he made sure to highlight the environment.

“We’re focusing on making sure the city is meeting its climate goals,” Floyd said in one video. His platform included a pledge to “aggressively” transition the city to 100% renewable ...

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