Paul Earns Endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

Philadelphia, February 6, 2014—Philadelphia City Council candidate Paul Steinke on Monday announced his endorsement by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation’s largest resource for out LGBT individuals in politics.

“Philadelphia is a leader on LGBT issues, but nobody from its LGBT community has ever been elected to the City Council. It’s especially important to young LGBT people to see themselves reflected in the city’s elected leaders. That’s why the Victory Fund is proud to support candidates like Paul, who are fighting for their entire communities and doing so while being open and honest about who they are,” said Denis Dison, Senior Vice President of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

Before stepping down to seek an At-Large seat on City Council, Steinke managed operations of the Reading Terminal Market for 13 years. He oversaw a 30% increase in visits and a $4 million renovation and expansion, and last year the 122-year-old market was named one of the 10 Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association.

In addition to his work with small businesses in the private sector, Steinke also served as the first finance director for the Center City District and as the first executive director for the University City District. He plans to use his private sector and community development experience to help Philadelphia achieve its full potential as a sustainable, equitable and inclusive magnet city for families, students and businesses.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this endorsement from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund,” said Steinke, who if elected would be Philadelphia’s first openly gay elected official. “If I am chosen by voters to represent them, I will fight every day to make sure all Philadelphians—regardless of background, nation of origin or sexual orientation—have opportunities to grow and succeed.”

Steinke, an economist by training, lives in West Philadelphia with David Ade, his partner of nearly 20 years.