DREXEL HILL – Candidate for Pennsylvania State House, Vince Rongione is making history in his campaign for the 163rd. In his first run for political office, Rongione has amassed a sizable war chest, raising $103,685.98 with more than $86,000 cash on hand, growing his lead in resources. In the most recent filing period released June 19th, he outpaced his opponent by 28%, beating him $29,594 to $23,050 in funds raised. The money is a testament to Rongione’s deep roots in the community, tenacious work ethic, and pledge to combat Corbett’s destructive agenda.

“The outpouring of support has been incredible. The support of the local community, the support of my family and friends, the support from local unions–all their help has added up to this,” Rongione said. “Our message is resonating. We need a representative who will fight against Corbett’s cuts to education, fight for a property tax freeze for seniors, and fight for an economy that works for everyone.”

Rongione’s campaign has received contributions from 348 individuals and organizations, over half of which have been for $100 or less showing strong grassroots support. In his opponent’s latest report, he shows only $150 raised from contributors under $50. Rongione raised six times that for this filing period.

In the past four elections for the 163rd, the Republican incumbent had outraised his Democratic opponent by wide margins, doubling or tripling the Democrat’s amount of money in each election. The Republican incumbent had an average edge of $103,629.25 per election. Rongione’s lead in funds raised marks an abrupt change to that pattern in this open seat race, as he continues to earn more financial support than his opponent.

“We knew we were up against a lot when we started the campaign in January,” Rongione said. “We’ve worked extremely hard to get where we are now, and if I’m given the privilege to be State Representative for the 163rd and represent my hometown in the state legislature, I’m going to work even harder.”

In the first campaign finance filing report of the campaign, Rongione outraised his opponent as well. Further solidfying the change in trend, Rongione’s campaign has also announced more than a dozen endorsements from local unions, several of whom historically went with the Republican incumbent. Santora’s campaign has announced only four union endorsements. Most recently, Rognione earned the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, an organization comprising 115 local unions across the state.

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. He worked as an aide to Admiral Joe Sestak and also served on Capitol Hill as the Communications Director to Congressman Chris Carney. 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.


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