Metro Councilman-at-large Ronnie Steine announced Thursday his intention to run for re-election during a campaign kick-off breakfast at Cabana restaurant in Hillsboro Village.
Joined by about 200 friends and supporters, Steine later officially filed his qualifying petitions at the Davidson County Election Commission.
“I am so proud to have played a leadership role in the progress of the last four years, but clearly there are many challenges before us and much work still to do,” Steine said in a release. “My plans include campaigning, as I always have, from one end of our county to the other, to visit with and listen to as many folks as possible.”
Steine, a veteran of Metro politics who once served as vice mayor, said his priorities will remain protecting and aiding children and youth, maintaining public safety and creating more and better jobs. His focus on youth is an outgrowth of the work he began while serving as chief executive officer of The Oasis Center.
Steine was recently appointed vice chairman of the National League of Cities’ 2011 Council on Youth, Education and Families. He also served as co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force to create a Community Youth Master Plan and serves on the Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance leadership team.
“I believe that Nashville has a unique opportunity to pull together our resources and move forward with common goals and vision to create a community in which each of our young people will be ready for college, work and life by age 21,” he said.