Ronnie Steine

Ronnie Steine

Ronnie Steine was the fifth vice mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1999 until he resigned in 2002 after he admitted he had twice been arrested for shoplifting. He was also a candidate for Tennessee's 5th congressional district.cite news|first=Bill|last=Harless|title=Steine officially enters council-at-large race|publisher="Nashville City Post"|date=June 16, 2006|url=] In September 2007, Ronnie Steine won an at-large seat in the Metro Council. cite web | title="NewsChannel Nashville, Tennessee - Barry, Steine, Tygard and Maynard Win At-Large Races" | url= | accessdate= September 11 | accessyear= 2007 ]

Education and career

From 1991 until 1999, Ronnie Steine was a councilman-at large in the Metro Council. [cite news|first=Craig|last=Boerner|title=Steine honor deferred by Council|publisher="Nashville City Post"|date=May 4, 2005|url=] From 1999 until 2002, he served as vice mayor and presided over the legislative body. He had been a candidate for the race to replace Bob Clement as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 5th congressional district, until he withdrew from the race in April 2002. He admitted to shoplifting a pack of football trading cards from a local Target store in 2001. After the incident, he also resigned as vice mayor. [cite news|first=Skip|last=Cauthorn|title=BREAKING NEWS: Shoplifting charge forces Steine to withdraw from 5th District Congressional race|publisher="Nashville City Post"|date=April 30, 2002|url=] [cite news|first=William|last=Williams|title=Breaking News: Vice Mayor Ronnie Steine resigns|publisher="Nashville City Post"|date=April 26, 2002|url=] On September 11, 2007, Ronnie Steine won an election for a Metro Council at-large seat, placing third with 43,290 votes.

Ronnie Steine obtained his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and later earned his J.D. when he graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School. From 1995 until 2001, he was the executive director of the Oasis Center, a local nonprofit organization that provides crisis, counseling, and leadership development services to at-risk youth. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oasis Center, the Adventure Science Center, Greenways for Nashville, and the Nashville Children's Theatre. He is a former president of the Davidson County Democratic Party.

Political views

On his campaign website, Ronnie Steine stated that one of his priorities as councilman-at-large would be to increase the number of police and firefighters in Davidson County, and to ensure they have the best in equipment, technology and training. [cite web | title="Ronnie Steine for Council At-Large" | url= | accessdate= September 11 | accessyear= 2007 ] In January 1998, Ronnie Steine co-sponsored a bill that asked permission to waive a state law that banned cities from regulating smoking in public places, opining that the issue should be decided by individual cities and not the state. [cite news|author="The Associated Press"|title=Smokers' groups fighting Metro Council resolution|publisher="The Oak Ridger Online"|date=January 16, 1998|url=]


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