IBEW Local 614 endorses Vince Rongione for state House
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614 has endorsed Vince Rongione for the state House of Representatives.
Rongione, a Democrat, is running against Republican Jamie Santora for the open seat in the 163rd Legislative District. State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby, is retiring at the end of his term.
IBEW Local 614 represents 1,450 electricians employed by Exelon Generation, PECO Energy and Veolia Energy.
“Rongione is the best candidate to bring good jobs to our local economy, improve our infrastructure, and fight for working families,” IBEW Local 614 President Emil Meyer said in a statement released by Rongione’s campaign. “Vince understands that the safe, efficient and consistent delivery of all forms of energy by our members is the linchpin upon which every other aspect of modern society relies. We trust him to look out for us and his community.”
Rongione, an attorney from Upper Darby, also has been endorsed by the United Steelworkers Union Local 10-1 and the Pennsylvania Plumbers Union Local 690.
Rongione credited organized labor as being the backbone of the middle class, saying it is the reason he was able to gain a quality public education and attend college.
“I’m honored to have the support of these hard working men and women,” Rongione said in a statement. “I look forward to working with IBEW 614 and our energy companies to improve and modernize our infrastructure, create new jobs, protect our workers and neighborhoods, and deliver energy efficiently to Delaware County.”
Rongione previously served as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak and former state Rep. Bryan Lentz.
Santora, an Upper Darby Councilman, is the co-president of Moore & Ryan Real Estate in Broomall. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment.