New faces scramble for City Council…

From the Philadelphia Daily News, January 14, 2015:

“In other political news, Paul Steinke, who resigned Dec. 31 as general manager of Reading Terminal Market, last night told an enthusiastic gathering of about 150 supporters that he is a candidate for an at-large Council seat.

Steinke, 50, who would be the first openly gay person on Council if elected, said his experience running Reading Terminal for 13 years and helping to create the Center City District and University City District has prepared him to help create jobs and economic development on Council.

“Creating growth and producing results: This has been the theme of my life’s work. It will be the theme of my campaign for Philadelphia City Council,” Steinke said on stage at the Field House restaurant on Filbert Street, across from Reading Terminal.

“I am so ready to elect somebody to Philadelphia City Council who is out and proud,” said state Rep. Brian Sims, the first openly gay person elected to the state Legislature, who introduced Steinke. “I can’t think of anybody in Philadelphia that has a track record of supporting small businesses and sustaining that growth than Paul,” Sims added.

Keven Parker, no relation to Cherelle, and the owner of the Reading Terminal’s soul-food restaurant that bears his name, told the crowd that Steinke was a visionary leader for the market and will be likewise on Council.

“He is always going to give you his best,” said Parker, who also owns the Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar and Lounge on South Street.”