By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times
Vince Rongione announced Wednesday that the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 is backing him as he seeks election to the state House of Representatives.
Rongione, a Democrat, is running against Republican Jamie Santora for the open seat in the 163rd Legislative District. Republican state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, of Upper Darby, is retiring at the end of his term.
“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,” Local 1776 director of political and legislative action John Meyerson said in a statement.
Rongione, an attorney from Upper Darby, has been endorsed by four unions, including Plumbers Local 690, the United Steelworkers Union Local 10-1 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614.
Rongione said the endorsement from Local 1776 shows that local politics aren’t about parties, but the candidate that is best for the job.
“It’s great to have folks who have supported Rep. Micozzie come and be supportive of me,” Rongione said. “It really does show that not everything is partisan politics. These stakeholders want to see what’s best for our local economy and our local community. Independent of political party, they’ve chosen me as the right person to take us forward.”
Santora, an Upper Darby councilman, has not announced any endorsements.
“I’ve always been a big supporter of labor,” Santora said. “I will continue to be a big supporter of labor. I hope in the future that I’ll have a chance to sit down with some of the folks myself and be able to earn their endorsements. I did not get that opportunity with Local 1776, but I look forward to working with other unions.”
UFCW Local 1776 represents more than 24,000 members who work in supermarkets, drug stores, food processing plants and nursing homes, among other locations.