Upper Darby councilman running for Micozzie’s state House seat

Jamie Santora wants to follow longtime Republican Nicholas Micozzie in representing the 163rd Legislative District.

Santora, an Upper Darby councilman, announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this afternoon at a press conference held outside Brother’s Pizza in Drexel Hill.

A Republican, Santora was elected as an at-large councilman in November 2011. He has lived in the township for nearly 40 years.

Santora is the co-president of Moore & Ryan Real Estate in Upper Darby and previously worked at O’Neill Properties for nearly 15 years. Santora graduated from Cabrini College and is a Cardinal O’Hara alum.

Santora is a former president of the Pilgrim Gardens Aronimink Civic Association. He is a board member for Time for Teens, an Upper Darby nonprofit organization, and a member of The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of UNICO, an Italian American service organization. Santora has served on St. Dorothy’s Parish Council since 2012.

Miccozzie announced last month that he would retire from the House when his term expires at the end of the year. Micozzie, 85, is in his 36th year as a state representative. (If you missed Micozzie’s announcement, the story is here.)

Democrat Vince Rongione, an attorney, announced his candidacy for the seat earlier this year. Rongione previously served as an aide to former state Rep. Bryan Lentz and former U.S. Reps. Joseph Sestak and Chris Carney.

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