DREXEL HILL – Vince Rongione, State Representative candidate for the 163rd district, added another labor endorsement at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614 meeting on Wednesday, March 12.

“Rongione is the best candidate to bring good jobs to our local economy, improve our infrastructure, and fight for working families,” said Emil Meyer, President / Business Manager of IBEW Local 614. “Vince understands that the safe, efficient and consistent delivery of all forms of energy by our members is the linchpin upon which every other aspect of modern society relies. We trust him to look out for us and his community.”

“He’s an articulate advocate and someone we want representing us,” added Tony Vitale, Local 614’s business agent.

IBEW Local 614 represents the electricians of Exelon Generation, PECO Energy and Veolia Energy. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers successfully organized the electrical workers in 2003, starting with 295 workers. Local 614 has grown to 1,450 members since.

“Organized labor is the backbone to the middle class. It’s the reason I was able to get a good public education and afford to go to college. It’s the reason my family has been able to live and grow here since my grandfather moved us to Upper Darby after World War II.” Rongione said. “I’m honored to have the support of these hard working men and women. I look forward to working with IBEW 614 and our energy companies to improve and modernize our infrastructure, create new jobs, protect our workers and neighborhoods, and deliver energy efficiently to Delaware County.”

Rongione’s grandfather organized the first Insurance Workers strike in Philadelphia and his mother, a former public school teacher, was a proud member of the teachers union. Rongione has also picked up endorsements from Steelworker’s Local 10-1 and Plumbers Local 690. Rongione’s opponent Jamie Santora has not received any support from labor despite his Republican predecessor’s good standing with local unions.

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. 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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