Candidates for 163rd District announce endorsements

Both candidates campaigning for the open seat in the 163rd Legislative District announced endorsements late this week.

Republican Jamie Santora gained the backing of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association while Democrat Vince Rongione was endorsed by the United Transportation Union.

The Fire Fighters Association represents more than 10,000 paid firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.

“I have the utmost respect for our emergency service personnel, and it means a lot to me to have the backing of our everyday heroes,” Santora, of Upper Darby, said in a statement. “As a member of the legislature, I will be a strong advocate for our first responders and will fight to ensure they have the funding and resources needed to do their jobs safely and effectively.”

The Transportation Union represents Delaware County’s Amtrak workers and SEPTA trolley and bus drivers.

“Creating jobs through public transportation and infrastructure improvements will be among my top priorities as State Representative for the 163rd District,” Rongione, of Upper Darby, said in a statement. “… I will be (a) tireless advocate for infrastructure improvements because it creates jobs, strengthens our economy, and makes our community a nicer place to live and raise a family.”

Santora and Rongione seek to replace Republican state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, of Upper Darby. Micozzie is retiring at the end of his term.

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