FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES ENDORSE RONGIONE
15,000 MEMBERS STRONG, AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 88, PULLING FOR RONGIONE, JOIN OVER 17 OTHER UNIONS IN SUPPORT
DREXEL HILL – The largest union of state, county and municipal employees in Southeastern Pennsylvania and another major supporter of retiring Rep. Micozzie threw its support to Vince Rongione for State House.
“This isn’t about politics. Vince has deep roots in the district and the experience to represent our workers well in the State House,” said Tom Tosti, Director of AFSCME District Council 88. “As the son of two teachers and a product of local public schools, we trust him to look out for middle class families and always fight for us.”
AFSCME District Council 88 represents over 15,000 employees in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Council will be notifying their members about the endorsement. AFSCME District Council 88 supported long time Rep. Nick Micozzie through the years but have chosen Rongione as the best choice to succeed Micozzie.
“It’s a real honor to have the support of such an important union and a cornerstone of the middle class in Delaware County,” Rongione said. “It means a lot that they support Rep. Micozzie and now have selected me as the best choice to represent the district and their thousands of members. I look forward to working with them to put middle class priorities first again.”
Rongione’s widening lead in labor support is unprecedented in the 163rd given Micozzie’s long tenure and good relations with labor. He also carries the endorsement of the statewide AFL-CIO and the statewide AFL-CIO Building Trades Council. Rongione has established himself as the clear choice for middle-class families in the race for the 163rd.
Vince Rongione is a Drexel Hill resident who grew up on Darby Road in Havertown. 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.