Paul Steinke, Former Reading Terminal Manager, Will Announce City Council Bid

Paul Steinke would be the first openly gay man elected to citywide office, his campaign says.

Paul Steinke (right) at Reading Terminal Market. Photo | Facebook

Paul Steinke (right) at Reading Terminal Market. Photo | Facebook

The Philadelphia City Council at-large race is starting to get crowded. Democrat Paul Steinke, who stepped down from his position as general manager of the Reading Terminal Market last month, will officially announce Tuesday that he’s running for an at-large seat in the May 19th primary.

His announcement is taking place at the Field House, a sports bar across from — where else? — Reading Terminal. More from the Steinke campaign’s announcement:

For the past 13 years, Steinke has managed operations of the Reading Terminal Market where he oversaw a 30% increase in visits and a $4 million renovation and expansion. Steinke also served as the first finance director for the Center City District and as the first executive director for the University City District.

Steinke, an economist by training, plans to make increased opportunity and growth for ALL of Philadelphia’s families the focus of his campaign. He lives in West Philadelphia with David Ade, his partner of nearly 20 years.

According to his campaign, Steinke would be “the first openly-LGBT person elected to citywide office” if he won.

Previously: Paul Steinke Contemplating City Council Run