Last night, a source told me that Paul Steinke was seriously considering a run for City Council in 2015. This morning, when I called the 49-year-old Steinke, who’s been general manager of Reading Terminal Market since 2001, he confirmed the rumor.
“Well, I’m mulling,” he said. “It’s true.” Steinke says he’s interested in one of seven at-large seats that will be up for grabs. He’s a registered Democrat but would not indicate whether he would be running as a Democrat or a Republican. “I’m not prepared to go any deeper,” he insisted. “I’m considering it. The primary is, what, 20 months away? Too soon to get too out in front on this.” He was similarly mum when I asked him if he was particularly invested in any issues. (The recent broccoli rabe shortage, perhaps?)
Before RTM, Steinke was executive director of the University City District, and earlier, director of finance and administration at the Center City District. He graduated from Penn State University in 1986.
Correction: This post originally stated that Steinke graduated from Penn, though Steinke says he "appreciates the promotion to the Ivy League."