By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times
A former aide to Admiral Joseph Sestak announced Tuesday that he is seeking election as a state representative in the 163rd District.
Vince Rongione, a Democrat from Upper Darby, is campaigning for the seat held by longtime Republican state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, of Upper Darby.
“I think people want new ideas,” Rongione said. “They want new energy. Harrisburg is broken.”
Rongione previously served as the deputy campaign manager for finance for Sestak, a former U.S. Representative. Rongione also worked under former state Rep. Bryan Lentz and former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney. Rongione currently is employed at Villanova University, where he serves as the director of major giving for the College of Nursing.
Rongione said it is time for him to give back to the communities that awarded him many opportunities. He graduated from Haverford High School and the Villanova School of Law.
“We’ve got to create a stronger economy that works for everyone,” Rongione said. “We’ve got to do a better job of funding public education. I think those are the two keys to improving our economy as a whole.”
Rongione said he already has raised $20,000 toward his campaign, a figure he said exemplifies his work ethic.
“I’m known as an incredibly hard worker,” Rongione said. “I’ve had a lot of success mostly through determination and tenacity.”
Micozzie, an Air Force veteran, was first elected to the state House in 1978. He now serves as the majority chairman of the House Insurance and Transportation committees. He was a key figure in the transportation funding bill passed late last year.
Micozzie did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.