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RONGIONE OUTRAISES OPPONENT IN BID TO BE NEXT STATE REP FOR 163RD
RONGIONE RETAINS MORE CASH ON HAND WITH OVER $62,000 IN COFFERS
DREXEL HILL – Today, Drexel Hill resident and candidate for the 163rd District seat in the State House, Vince Rongione, announced that his campaign raised over $75,000. The total is particularly impressive because his campaign also retains over $62,000 cash on hand, outpacing his opponent Jamie Santora in both categories.
With nearly 300 donors, Rongione’s report shows a large foundation of individual supporters. Of those donors, 251 gave $250 or less and 164 gave $100 or less indicating strong grassroots support for the campaign. Conversely, 60% of his opponent’s contributions came from Political Action Committees (PACs) and 46% of his total came from only 3 sources. Perhaps the most telling fact of the report is that nearly 40% of Santora’s contributions came from Republican state legislators who voted for Gov. Corbett’s budget that cut $1 billion from education.
“I just want to say ‘Thank You’. It is really inspiring to have so many neighbors and friends rallying around our campaign. We are running a very positive, forward-looking, grassroots campaign that is focused on economic growth and quality education and people are really responding,” Rongione said. “The resources we’ve put together are just one more signal of the momentum our message and our campaign are gaining.“
Since Gov. Corbett took office, his administration, along with his allies in the State House have cut education funding by $1 billion. 20,000 education jobs have been lost due to the deep funding cuts. In addition, local property taxes have increased steadily in large part because of drastic cuts in state support for local public education.
“High quality education is the first building block for nice neighborhoods, high property values, and economic growth that benefits everyone,” Rongione added. “People are joining our campaign in large numbers because they know we are the only candidate who will fight back against Governor Corbett’s drastic education cuts and protect our local schools.”
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.