DELCO TIMES: RONGIONE OPENS UPPER DARBY CAMPAIGN OFFICE

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At right, Democratic candidate Vince Rongione speaks with Haverford Democratic Party chairperson Jack Stollsteimer during the grand opening of his campaign office. Rongione is seeking election as state representative for the 163rd Legislative District. (Special to the Times / LESLIE KROWCHENKO) By Leslie Krowchenko, Times Correspondent UPPER DARBY — Local party leaders, union representatives, friends and supporters filled the space Saturday morning for the grand opening of Democrat Vince Rongione’s campaign office. Situated among storefronts in the 4000 block of Garrett Road, the spot will be the hub for the next few months as Rongione seeks election as state representative for the 163rd Legislative District. He and Republican Jamie Santora, …

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INTERNATIONAL UAW ENDORSES RONGIONE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INTERNATIONAL UAW ENDORSES RONGIONE FORMER SESTAK AIDE EARNS BACKING OF INTERNATIONAL UNION OF UNITED AUTOMOBILE, AEROSPACE,  AND AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WORKERS OF AMERICA DREXEL HILL – The International Union of United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Region 9, endorsed Rongione in his quest for the 163rd district’s State House seat. The UAW Region 9 represents more than ten thousand workers in Pennsylvania. “We’re excited to support Rongione,” said Terry Dittes, Director of UAW Region 9. “Rongione has shown he is the best man to look out for jobs in the region and that he cares about the pocketbook issues of our workers. The middle and …

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ANOTHER MAJOR MICOZZIE BACKER ENDORSES RONGIONE FOR 163RD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ANOTHER MAJOR MICOZZIE BACKER ENDORSES RONGIONE FOR 163RD UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS LOCAL 1776 PICKS RONGIONE 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 …

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Delco Times: Electrical Workers Local 614 endorses Rongione in 163rd district

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By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614 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. The seat is being vacated by Republican state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, of Upper Darby, who is retiring at the end of his term. IBEW Local 614 represents about 1,450 electricians employed by Exelon Generation, PECO Energy and Veolia Energy. The union has members working in six counties, including Delaware County. Emil Meyer, president and business manager of Local 614, said the union endorsed Rongione for his opposition to …

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WORKERS FROM PECO, EXELON, VEOLIA BACK RONGIONE FOR 163RD; IBEW LOCAL 614 ENDORSEMENT ADDS TO RONGIONE’S MOMENTUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DREXEL HILL – Vince Rongione, State Representative candidate for the 163rd district, added another labor endorsement at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614 meeting on Wednesday, March 12. “Rongione is the best candidate to bring good jobs to our local economy, improve our infrastructure, and fight for working families,” said Emil Meyer, President / Business Manager of IBEW Local 614. “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.” “He’s an articulate advocate and …

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RONGIONE FILES OVER 1350 SIGNATURES TO EARN PLACE ON BALLOT

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Impressive Effort Collects Roughly 40% More Signatures Than Opponent and Three Times As Many Signatures in Havertown, Clifton Heights, and Aldan. DREXEL HILL – In a clear and compelling display of his work ethic, determination and strong roots in the community, Vince Rongione filed over 1350 nominating petition signatures yesterday to earn his place on the ballot for the 163rd legislative district. Vince Rongione’s 1353 signatures represent roughly 40 percent more signatures than his likely opponent and one of the top signature counts statewide on the House of Representatives level. Organizing and leading a team of dedicated community volunteers, Rongione filed more than three times the number of signatures of …

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Delco Times: Delaware County Democrats endorse candidates for election

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By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times NETHER PROVIDENCE — State Rep. Margo Davidson won the endorsement of the Delaware County Democratic Committee members in 164th Legislative District. The committee members selected Davidson, of Upper Darby, Thursday at the Delaware County Democratic Committee’s nominating convention. Davidson earned 32 votes, beating challengers Billy Smith (18 votes), of Lansdowne, and Dafan Zhang (one vote), of East Lansdowne. However, the party nearly voted to withhold an endorsement in the district, which includes Lansdowne and Yeadon for the first time. A motion to do so failed by a vote of 29-24. Party members also voted to endorse Leanne Krueger-Braneky in the 161st Legislative District, …

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Column: Harrisburg’s inaction on transit funding puts citizens and state economy in peril

By VINCENT A. RONGIONE, Times Guest Columnist Printed in the Delco Times, 11/12/13 Recently political dysfunction in Washington cost the American economy $24 billion and the American people countless jobs and significant, unnecessary economic worry. Extreme elements of the House of Representatives held the government — and indeed the entire country — hostage to serve their own unpopular ideology. Now here at home in Pennsylvania, we are falling victim to the same Washington-style broken politics and unkept promises that keep our economy stuck in neutral and our families struggling. The Pennsylvania State Senate is made up of 27 Republicans and 23 Democrats. Nearly five months ago, that legislative body voted …

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