FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANOTHER MAJOR MICOZZIE BACKER ENDORSES RONGIONE FOR 163RD
UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS LOCAL 1776
DREXEL HILL – Another major stakeholder that supports retiring, long time Representative Nick Micozzie, threw their support behind Vince Rongione, the former Sestak aide vying to replace Micozzie in the Pennsylvania legislature.
“Vince Rongione clearly stands out as the best choice to replace Micozzie as the next State Representative for the 163rd. We aren’t a partisan organization. We are about supporting the best candidates and policies for our neighborhoods, our workers and our economy,” said Wendell Young, President of UFCW 1776. “We know Vince is an incredibly hard worker. He’s a strong advocate for his community, a strong advocate for our members, and he’ll be a great representative.”
“We’ve historically been Micozzie people but, we know that Vince Rongione is the right man for the future of this area and this economy” said long time UFCW 1776 director of political and legislative action John Meyerson.
UFCW Local 1776 joins Plumbers Local 690 as the second major union to back Rongione after supporting Micozzie through the years. This is Rongione’s fourth major endorsement from local labor organizations.
“I wouldn’t have had the great opportunities that I grew up with if my Grandfather hadn’t gone to work everyday with a union card in his back pocket,” said Rongione. “Our family was built on the strength of the union and the love and support of our friends and neighbors in Upper Darby and Havertown. To say I am honored to have the support of Local 1776 would be an understatement.”
UFCW 1776 represents over 24,000 members in the region who work in supermarkets, drug stores, food processing plants, government services, manufacturing facilities, nursing homes, and professional offices. 1776 has been an industry leader in areas like, child daycare benefits, physical well-being programs and post-secondary tuition reimbursement benefits.
Vince Rongione is a Drexel Hill resident who grew up on Darby Road. He is a graduate of Manoa Elementary, Haverford Middle and Haverford High School. Rongione has also earned degrees from Villanova and Villanova School of Law. Rongione is the youngest of three children, a proud uncle and godparent with five nieces and nephews. He is engaged to be married later this year. Rongione’s grandfather, who organized one of the first Insurance Worker’s strikes in Philadelphia, moved his family to Upper Darby after returning home from WWII. Rongione’s father, Nick, is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner and was elected to three terms on the Haverford Township School Board including two as President.
Plumbers Union Local 690 backing Dem candidate for 163rd District